Story Workshop

The Virtual Story Workshop

Will you learn to tell your story in bold, beautiful, and life changing ways?

The Allender Center’s core belief is that we are best known—and our stories are best seen—in the company of others. The Story Workshop is a profound event that invites you deeply into the themes of your life within the context of a supportive and facilitated environment. Through teaching and group work, you will receive encouragement and wisdom as you seek to understand, write, tell, and live your story in deeper and more transformative ways.

Now in a live, interactive, virtual format, the Story Workshop is accessible across multiple time zones and international participants are encouraged to participate.

Workshop Experience

During this virtual weekend, you will experience:

  • Live, interactive teaching from Dr. Dan Allender and Rachael Clinton Chen (9 hours).
  • Small group sessions with Allender Center facilitator who is specifically trained to lead in a virtual format (10 hours).
  • A schedule that incorporates rest and sustainability, including self-care resources to utilize throughout the workshop and beyond.
  • A seamless learning environment hosted by Zoom technology with access to technical support during the program weekend.

You will also receive:

  • A pre-workshop Story Writing Exercise and a companion Video Guide to support your personal reflection and writing process prior to the workshop.
  • Access to a private Facebook group to connect and interact with other workshop participants.
  • Specific space during the workshop weekend hosted by our staff of color for non-majority participants to connect and converse.
  • Downloadable handbook to guide you through the workshop weekend
  • NEW: Two bonus follow-up teaching sessions led by our Teaching Team where you can gather as a large group to expand on and explore key concepts, and allow for further interactive Q&A. These sessions are held within two weeks following the workshop ending; exact dates and times to be announced.
  • NEW: Access to video recordings of all Story Workshop teaching sessions for 30 days after the workshop ends.

“Life Changing! This workshop took me to places emotionally and spiritually that [other conferences I’ve attended] never even approached. I have a renewed desire to follow the dreams I have had since childhood but had shut down over years of lies.” — Story Workshop participant

Preparing for the Workshop

Write and submit a story.

Prior to attending, you will be asked to write about an aspect of your own story to invite you to explore deeper categories. Sharing these stories in a safe, kind space held by a facilitator is part of what takes this work from the head to the heart.

Prepare your space.

All small groups and teaching sessions will take place online. Stable internet connection with video and audio capabilities is required to participate. Locate a space in your home or other getaway location that is comfortable and offers privacy throughout the duration of the workshop

Still wondering if this is for you? Read more about what our participants had to say:

“[The small group time] was one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had, and this is saying a lot because I have experienced many different small groups! I was blown away by my facilitator as well, especially how emotionally engaged she was with every person’s story in the group.” — Story Workshop participant

I’ve never had an online course/workshop/meeting that has kept my attention for hours. I always get distracted during online events. You were the first to keep my attention, without distraction. – Virtual Story Workshop Participant

This was my first virtual workshop on Zoom and I would definitely do it again. – Virtual Story Workshop Participant

Workshop Details & Application Process