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2019 Vermont Story Lab Summit

September 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Breadloaf Campus of Middlebury College

| $75

“Crafting & Using Stories that Change the Status Quo: A Transformational Retreat for Nonprofit Storytellers”

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Bread Loaf Campus, Middlebury College, Ripton, Vermont

Whether you’re a beginning storyteller, have mastered the basics, or are a seasoned pro, you won’t want to miss the 2019 Vermont Story Lab Summit, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Bread Loaf Campus, Middlebury College, 4229 VT-Route 125, Ripton, VT 05766; cost: $75 (including lunch); register online in advance:
Learn how to craft compelling stories for your nonprofit, organization or project. Then frame those powerful vignettes into cohesive narratives that motivate people to act. Take a day at the idyllic Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College (not located near the main campus in Middlebury) with some of Vermont’s finest nonprofit communicators and storytellers and reflect upon how you’re doing.

• – Pick up new story techniques to evolve your toolbox.
• – Build a unified narrative for your project or organization.
• – Bask in excellent storytelling examples you can emulate.
• – Learn to tell stories that support the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
• – Bring your sidekick or team to build a culture of storytelling.
• – Flesh out new story ideas that push the status quo.
• – Rest your weary storytelling self with some restorative time.
• – Meet folks from across the state who love story as much as you do!

Keynote Speaker:
The 2019 Vermont Story Lab Summit will be guided by Emmy-nominated producer, documentary filmmaker and journalist, Sarah Astaire Springer, of Los Angeles. She will focus on the theme, “Crafting and Using Stories that Challenge the Status Quo.” Breakout labs and workshops will follow her morning and afternoon keynotes where participants will get to practice and learn from one another.

More about Sarah Astaire Springer:
Sarah began her career at CNN where she reported stories about race and identity in America with Soledad O’Brien’s “In America” series and has since worked as a producer for ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS/60 Minutes, and VICE Media. Additionally, she oversaw creative direction and production for immersive, branded and linear series for RYOT Media in New York and Los Angeles.

Currently, Sarah works as a creative director and producer in unscripted and scripted development for production companies and labs on the East and West Coasts. She was voted one of the 28 most powerful black people in media by Blavity and serves on the leadership council of an organization composed of more than 100 media leaders. She promotes inclusion in the media space through Advocates for Inclusion in Media, an organization she co-founded that works to create safe environments, community, and advocacy for underrepresented people in the industry.

Vermont Story Lab:
As is our practice, Vermont Story Lab promises to deliver a day that is hands-on, interactive, experimental, pushing the envelope, and chock full of new story forms and excellent examples from Vermont nonprofits and beyond. The Summit welcomes nonprofit leaders and communicators, grassroots activists, faith-based groups, state agencies, and any individuals interested in developing their storytelling capabilities. We plan to offer a wide range of content that challenges storytellers at all levels of experience. Additional information and online registration are located here:

Partners of the Vermont Story Lab include:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), Barbara Ganley, Good Done Well, The Preservation Trust of Vermont, Marybeth Christie Redmond, Regional Educational Television Network (RETN), St. Michael’s College, Shelburne Farms, Vermont Folklife Center, and Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.

The Vermont Story Lab, generously supported by the Vermont Community Foundation, the Fountain Fund, and several anonymous donors, began in 2016 to draw together the expertise of many nonprofit professionals throughout Vermont to build a network for storytelling for change. The Story Lab provides training through regional and statewide events and in-service opportunities and connects nonprofit professionals for expertise-sharing and cross-mentoring. More information can be found at


September 19, 2019
9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Event Registration
Registration for this event is required.


Breadloaf Campus of Middlebury College
4229 Route 125
Ripton, VT 05766 United States
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