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Story Camp 2020

 Katie and I took action in 2017 on ideas we've had for a number of years to create and host an event here in our hometown of Eugene, Oregon. 

You are invited to join us for our sixth Story Camp event that will feature four, 3-hour workshops and an evening for Cropping & Cocktails that will begin on Thursday, October 8th, 2020 and end on Saturday evening, Saturday October 10th, 2020* (this camp was previously scheduled for May 28th-30th, 2020 but needed to be rescheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.)

We are super excited to invite you to visit our beautiful town and gather together with like-minded storytellers for this event. 

Please read below for all the details. 

October 8th-10th, 2020

The Gordon Hotel
Eugene, Oregon 97401 
United States

Click here to register on Monday January 27th, 2020 at 10am PT.  Link will not be live until registration opens. 

This event is open to 42 people.

Price: $599.00  

Price includes: 

  • (4), 3 hour workshops with product provided to complete projects. Full color intructional handouts. Workshop details below.
  • Meal stipend to cover two meals during your time at the event. You can choose to use this as you wish.
  • Cropping & Cocktails: 3 hour crop time on Saturday evening including complimentary cocktails and dessert platter.
  • Includes one on one time with Ali to discuss projects, ask questions, etc.  
  • Welcome gift bag, a few treats/snacks, and a some of our favorite crafty products. 
  • Transportion to/from hotel if staying at Inn At The 5th

Price does not include: 

  • Travel or lodging
  • Meals: Please note: We are providing you with a meal stipend to cover the cost of two meals while you are attending the event. The location of this event includes a variety of dining options within short walking distance. This is a great opportunity to get together and share a meal with some of the other story camp attendees. 

Please see the FAQ section below for more details. 

Four workshops are included in this event: 

1. Journaling Workshop // This interactive, lecture-based workshop will encourage you to think about your current methods of storytelling to find + embrace what are the best styles for you at this time in your life. Ali will share her lessons learned from years of memory keeping/storytelling adventures and help you create a story road map focusing on what you most want/need to tell right now. 

2. Design Workshop // Focus will be on basic design fundamentals and ideas for building story-focused traditional layouts and Project Life® spreads. Ali will walk you through her basic design process from blank page to completed story and will share the concepts she relies on most when getting her stories told. During the workshop you will create two traditional layouts.. You will leave this workshop with specific ideas on how to bring your words + photos together with a solid design foundation. 

3. Story Book Workshop // Your story matters and is worth telling. This workshop will help you start (or build on) an album to hold stories about you. Emphasis in this workshop centers around building + planning albums and creating story-focused layouts that tell your story using intentional memory keeping products + design. You will leave this workshop with a few completed layouts that will be the beginnings of an album (or add to one you might have already started) that focuses on you and the life you have lived and are living.

4. Photography Workshop // A lecture-based workshop focusing on how the way we look through the camera/lens informs the stories we tell. Workshop will include a photo-taking opportunity (such as a photo walk).  This workshop isn't camera specific and will be more in alignment with the content found in my Lens Of Joy workshop

October 8th, 2020

  • 6:30pm - 8pm | Check-in and Welcome Presentation

October 9th, 2020

  • 10am - 1pm | Journaling Workshop
  • 1pm - 2:30pm | Break for Lunch 
  • 2:30pm - 5:30pm | Design Workshop, Part 1
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Break For Dinner
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm | Design Workshop, Part 2

October 10th,  2020

  • 10am - 1pm | Photography Workshop
  • 1pm - 2:30pm | Break For Lunch
  • 2:30pm - 5:30pm | Story Book Workshop
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Break For Dinner
  • 7:30pm - 10:30pm | Cropping & Cocktails: crop time to work on projects, sip some cocktails, chat with Ali + Katie, munch on treats, chat with friends. 
  • 10:30pm | Event ends

The purchase of this event will be final sale. No refunds will be given. If you accidentally purchase two spots, you are responsible for selling the extra spot.  Event attendee’s spots are transferrable and you are able to sell your spot in the event that you are unable to attend the event. Please contact Katie at katie@aliedwards.com to arrange the transfer of your spot. Transfers must be arranged by April 30th.  No refunds will be given due to travel or inclement weather issues.

Due to the limited number of spaces available for this event, if you are wishing to attend this event with friends we suggest one person purchase multiple spots during the checkout process to ensure availability and arrange payment from your friends at a later time. We are expecting a high volume of customers on the website at the time that registration opens, so one person purchasing multiple spots will be a much easier route to take rather than several people trying to purchase at the same time and potentially missing out if the event sells out.

Please make sure your email is up to date under your account settings (under the My Account section - click on your user name in the top right corner) as this will be our main form of contact with attendees. 

Our host hotel is one of our favorite local venues : Inn At The 5th. We chose this location for its walkability to several of our most loved places to visit in Eugene. You will be in walkable distance to restaurants, coffee shops, and several great small boutiques for shopping. 

We have secured a number of discounted rooms at  Inn At The 5th for those who wish to stay on the event premises. Inn At The 5th has provided us with a great rate of $209 per night for a Single King Room (plus taxes), $219 a night for a Double Queen (plus taxes). Reserving your room as soon as possible will better your chances of availability. Reservations must be made by phone to receive the group rate discount at (541) 743-4099. Please mention “Ali Edwards Group Rate” when making your reservation. 

If lodging at Inn At The 5th is unavailable when you register or you prefer to explore other options please contact Katie at katie@aliedwards.com for other lodging suggestions.

Eugene, Oregon is home to a small, convenient  airport (EUG). If staying at Inn At The 5th, you will be provided with free airport transportation to and from the airport. Please contact the hotel to arrange your shuttle transfer prior to your arrival, spots must be reserved in advance. 

Eugene is located 2.5 hrs south of the Portland, Oregon airport (PDX) and is a good option if you would like to rent a car and drive. If arriving the day of the event, we suggest leaving the Portland Airport by 1pm to miss city traffic and arrive in Eugene in time to get settled, eat dinner, and arrive on time for the event check in/welcome session (6:30-8pm).

Click here to request a Visitor's Guide for Eugene and the surrounding areas. We are located about an hour from the Pacific Ocean and an hour from the mountains which means there are a ton of outdoor things to see and do if you want to extend your stay.  

What is included in the cost of this event? 

  • (4), 3 hour workshops with product provided to complete projects. Full color instructional handouts. 
  • Meal stipend to cover two meals during your time at the event. 
  • Crop & Cocktails: 3 hour crop time on Saturday evening including complimentary cocktails and dessert platter
  • Includes one on one time with Ali to discuss projects, ask questions, etc.  
  • Welcome gift bag, some treats/snacks and a few of our favorite crafty products
  • Opportunities to win special prizes 

What meals are included in the price of the event?

  • Meals are on your own during this event. We will be providing a meal stipend to cover two meals during your time at the event. You can choose to spend this in whichever way you choose.  We specifically chose this event space due to the convenience of the location in relation to several different restaurants as well as a Whole Foods grocery store. You will have several choices within walking distance of the hotel. 
  • During our Crop & Cocktails time you will be given complimentary drink tickets to partake in our signature cocktails, or our beer and wine selection. Non-alcoholic specialty drinks will also be available. We will close the evening with a special dessert buffet. 

Are there age restrictions for who can attend?
We ask that attendee’s registering for this event are over the age of 18. Only those people with paid spots will be available within the event space. 

How do I register for the event?
Registration will open on 1/27/2020 at 10am PT. A link will appear on this page to click to register at that time.

What is your cancellation policy?
While we cannot offer refunds, you are welcome to make arrangements to sell or give your space to a friend. Please let us know of any transfers at least 1 week prior to the day of the event. No refunds will be given due to travel or inclement weather issues.

How many registration spots are available? 
There will be 42 spots available for purchase.

I have already attended a Story Camp event previously, can I attend again? 
At this time, due to the number of people interested in this event, students are limited to one event. 

Will there be a waitlist? 
We will not be offering a waitlist option for this event due to the nature of the cancellation policy. 

I have registered for the event. What happens now?
After you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email confirming your purchase. We will be contacting all attendees with more event information via email as the event gets closer. Please make sure your email is up to date under your account settings (under the My Account section - click on your user name in the top right corner) as this will be our main form of contact with attendees.

What supplies do I need to bring? 
We will be providing attendees with complete product kits for each workshop. We will be sending out a basic supplies lists of items to bring prior to the event. 

Any further questions?
If you have any additional questions, please contact Katie at katie@aliedwards.com. She will be happy to help!


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Ali EdwardsKatie Jaeger met via Care.com in 2009 when Ali was looking for a nanny for her daughter Anna. They've been hanging out and traveling and working together ever since. Story Camp is their first adventure in hosting their own event after many years of attending memory keeping and other blogging/online media events. They look forward to welcoming you to Eugene.