Visual Story Network

One-Day Story Seminar


It has been said, "He who has the best story wins." But in reality, “She who tells the best story wins.” She wins our attention, our interest, our loyalty and our financial investments. As Christ followers, we have the Greatest Story Ever Told, yet we do not tell the best stories. It is vital leaders create a culture of story within their organizations to have the influence and reach God desires.


Visual Story Network will custom design a one-day seminar to train your staff in applying story to better fulfill your organizational mission. This is ideal for groups of 10-30 key staff to foster a culture of story within your organization. Your staff develop common vocabulary and learn to tell, write and produce stories that will accelerate your growth objectives.

Participants learn from TED-style presentations how story works best with the people we seek to influence, the organizations we lead and the content we create. Personal reflection and table discussions follow each presentation. Each participant will develop their own five-point action plan for better integrating story into their lives and leadership. For more information, contact Clyde Taber at

Topics To Choose From

          Why Story is Powerful and Universal

          A Theology of Story

          The Story Arc of the Bible

          How to Find Good (God) Stories

          How to Tell Short God Stories (Testimonies)

          Integrating Story Into Your Life and Ministry

          Story Categories for Ministry

          Preaching and Story (Plot vs. Story)

          Your Story is Your Brand

          Know Your Organization's Story

          Seven Ways to Develop Interesting Characters

          Three-Act Structure

          Six Laws of Story

          How to Know You Have a Good Story

          Reaching Your Hard to Reach Audience

Participant Remarks

“One of the best training seminars I’ve ever attended.” (Kirsten, David, Sandra)
“Thanks for the excellent, tight, fast-paced, interactive, helpful seminar!” (Mark)
“I tell stories every day to staff, clients, family and friends and I believe the concepts shared to day will move me from being a good story teller to a great communicator." (Dave)

Presenters (depending on topic and availability)

Brian Bird. Brian has worked as a writer and producer in Hollywood for more than two decades. His most recent writing and producing credits include Janette Oke's "When Calls the Heart" (2012), Beverly Lewis' "The Confession" (2012) and "The Shunning" (2011), all for the Hallmark Channel; "Gametime" for NBC (2011); "Not Easily Broken" (2009), adapted from the novel by T.D. Jakes, for Sony/Screen Gems; "Saving Sarah Cain" (2008) and "The Last Sin Eater" (2007) for 20th Century Fox. Brian served as co-executive producer and writer on the final five seasons on the series "Touched by an Angel." His TV series writing and producing credits include more than 200 episodes of "Touched By an Angel," 'Evening Shade," "Step by Step" and "The Family Man," as well as pilots for ABC, NBC and Showtime.

Jeremy Casper. Jeremy is a writer, director, producer, instructor and lecturer. He teaches narrative storytelling at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. He has led screenwriting and directing seminars all over the world in partnership with The Global Short Film Network and the Visual Story Network. His first feature film, Vacant House has won festival awards for screenwriting, directing, acting, and best picture. Jeremy has co-authored two books on writing for short films--The Inside Out Story in 2015, and his most recent, Master of the Cinematic Universe through film book publisher, Michael Wiese Books. Jeremy’s third book is about developing compelling main characters for stories. Jeremy has also worked in media production with Saddleback Church and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Jeff Holder.  Jeff is a media veteran in family programs. Jeff began as a writer on Dennis the Menace and Scooby Doo and served as an executive at ABC, VP Development at Hanna-Barbera/Cartoon Network and VP Creative Affairs at Sony Wonder. He's produced Veggie Tales’ Cartoon Adventures of LarryBoy and The GodMan. Jeff currently creates content as Executive Director of Communications for Children's Hunger Fund. Jeff serves as a judge for UCLA’s screenwriting expo, the Humanitas Award and is a teacher for Act One and other venues.

Glenn Paauw. Glenn is the Executive Director of the Biblica Institute for Bible Reading, a global Scripture ministry that transforms how people experience the Bible. The focus of his 26 years at Biblica has been to research, speak and write on the topic of reading and living the Bible well. He led the development of the revolutionary The Books of the Bible format that uncovers the natural literary form of the Scriptures and re-introduces people to the grand narrative of the Bible. Glenn’s education was in philosophy and theology at Calvin College and Seminary. A native of Colorado, he has forgotten how old he is and continues to climb the state’s 14,000 ft. peaks and to cycle the back roads of the Front Range. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Jain and has two adult sons.

Drew Sams. A Los Angeles native, Drew is Senior Pastor at Bel Air Presbyterian Church where his passion is to equip people to encounter and echo Jesus everyday and everywhere. Having received his Masters from Fuller Seminary and Doctorate from George Fox Evangelical Seminary, his primary areas of focus have revolved around narrative identity theory, semiotics, and new media. In other words, he is interested in cultivating a community of people who are intentionally helping one another tell better stories with their lives in today’s context. In their free time, he and his wife Erika love to explore the outdoors at the pace of their toddler son, Judah.

Linda Seger is an international script consultant. She has worked on over 2,000 scripts and over 100 produced films and television shows. She has spoken on screenwriting in 33 countries on all six continents. Her clients include writers, directors, producers, executives and companies, in film, television, and theater. Clients range from beginners to Academy Award winners such as Peter Jackson and William Kelley.

Clyde Taber. Clyde leads the Visual Story Network, a coalition of 230 organizations and 1900 media leaders in 70 nations working to expand a worldwide movement of visual story so everyone has the opportunity to encounter Jesus and His kingdom. Since the VSN launch in 2007, more than 100 projects, products and partnerships have been established reaching an estimated 2.3 million people. Prior to this, he developed new media for The JESUS Film Project (Magdalena, Damah Film Festival, JESUS: Fact or Fiction?) and coordinated the campus work of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Clyde’s wife Shirin is a mother, writer (Muslims Next Door, Wanting All the Right Things) and advocate for the Church in the Persian world.

Mariam Varghese. Mariam is Vice President of Organizational Development for OneHope. She immigrated to the United States from India at the age of ten with her family. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Master of Arts in Christianity and Culture as well as an MBA. As a Systems Engineer and Project Management Professional she accepted the role of Director of Administration for OneHope. In 2012 she transitioned to the role of VP of Research and Design and currently is VP of Organizational Development.  She is passionate about God’s Word and seeing the next generation of children and youth come to know His Word and His power. She enjoys mission trips, writing, attempting to blog, painting, cooking, reading and spinning. 

For More Information

Call 949.310.8733 or email

Visual Story Network

The Visual Story Network is a community of 2000 visual storytellers in 75 countries communicating Christ and kingdom to the ends of the earth.

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This is wonderful. I hope and pray for an opportunity that with time i get to attend and learn all this. I trust the PPT presentations for the presenters shall be posted online so that we who are remote shall have a chance to look at them!

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