Workshop Leader

The Festival Gathering of the Network of Biblical Storytellers is famous for its quality workshops. We hope you will consider sharing your expertise with others at the Festival Gathering by your workshop leadership.

Use the online application form below to submit your workshop proposal. Online submissions are preferred, but you may also download a pdf application.

Proposals Deadline: March 31, 2019. 

You will be notified early spring, 2019, of the status of your proposal. 

Please note:  Digital projectors are not included in our workshop rooms at the Marriott. If you require digital projection, please contact our office.


If you have more than one workshop concept, please submit a separate proposal for each workshop topic or performance request.

Workshops are presented every day, so let us know if you would be willing to present your workshop on more than one day. Our presenters are all volunteers and come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience levels. Their presentations are a gift to the attendees and the Network towards the advancement of biblical storytelling. Thank you again for your interest and for your willingness to share your gifts with us.

Storytelling Workshops | 90 minutes 

These workshops are 90 minute traditional, conference-style workshops. Use the application form at the bottom of this page to apply to be a workshop leader.

Please attach a jpeg photo of yourself to the online application. Remember to fill out a separate application for each individual workshop proposal. Please email our office with any questions.


Story Theater Workshops | 20-30 minutes

In the Storytelling Theater, experienced tellers can share their biblical or non-biblical story for 20 to 30 minutes before an audience of enthusiastic listeners. Each of our story theater workshops have multiple storytellers, providing conference attendees with an opportunity to see different storytelling styles. Take this opportunity to share your amazing storytelling gift with a Festival Gathering audience. We ask that only experienced performers apply for these slots.

Apply here to be a Storyteller in the Story Theater Workshop, or download the pdf


The Marketplace | Merchandising Opportunity 

Are you an author or artist? Would you like to sell your books or CDs or artwork in the Festival Gathering Marketplace? Table space is limited, so it is first come, first served. Request space through the NBS Office before May 1. 

Each item for sale should be individually marked. When you arrive, check in your sheet with the Bookstore Mgr., Elaine Davies. Be sure to check out before you leave to let Elaine know how many pieces you sold. You will receive a check within a month of Festival Gathering for the amount sold less 10%.


If you are selected to be a 2019 Workshop Leader, please provide... 


DEADLINE MAY 1, 2019 Handouts should be emailed to the NBS Office no later than MAY 1, 2019. You may pick up your copies at the Workshop Registration table when you get to the National 4-H Center.

Recommended Resources

DEADLINE MAY 1, 2019 Will you be recommending any resources? If so, we would be happy to purchase them if possible and stock them in the Festival Gathering Bookstore. Please email your recommended resource list to the office with the following information:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Publisher or ISBN #

We especially welcome workshops that can be used by these groups:  

  1. Pastors, Clergy, Chaplains, Worship and Spiritual Leaders
  2. Professors, Christian Educators, Teachers
  3. Leaders of Youth and Children’s Ministries              

We welcome workshops on a variety of topics, but we particularly appreciate workshops teaching skills in the following: 

  • Performance Skills
  • Storytelling Outside Worship
  • Technology in Storytelling
  • Using Video and Graphics
  • Marketing Your Storytelling
  • Creative Arts and Music in Storytelling
  • Storytelling and Scholarly Studies
  • Storylearning Tips & Big Ideas

Please incorporate the following in your 90 minute presentation:

  • Group Discussion
  • Question and Answer Opportunity
  • Demonstration
  • Audience participation (written and verbal activity, solo or group)
  • Handouts


Sorry, we're no longer accepting registrations because the deadline has passed.

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