Our workshop submission process for 2020 has closed. We received dozens of incredible proposals, and we are excited to bring you another outstanding workshop lineup in Newport Beach!

The NSA understands that stuttering is as individual as each person who stutters, and we want to include all perspectives.  We invite everyone to come to the table, join the discussion, and share their voices and views.

We have worked hard to put together a lineup of fresh, innovative workshop topics, and we are pleased to release our Day at a Glance schedule of workshops!  Take a look at the calendar to plan your days and get a taste of what’s to come in Ft. Lauderdale.  Please note that this is a preliminary schedule, and information is subject to change.  A final, printed copy of the Day at a Glance, and well as your detailed event program, will be in your packet at check-in.

The 2020 NSA Annual Conference will be here sooner than you think, and we can’t wait to see everyone in Newport Beach, CA in early July!

The NSA is always looking for fresh, fun, and informative workshop ideas to help attendees learn more about stuttering, its impact and how to live one’s best life. 

Interactive small group discussions on provocative topics make for great workshops. Cutting-edge research sessions are also well-received. Workshops about careers, relationships, advice for parents, covert stuttering, overcoming stigma, and self-acceptance are always favorites. And, don’t forget about fun and helpful sessions for kids, ‘tweens, and teens!

Together, let’s make the 2020 NSA Annual Conference the best one — it all starts with your workshop proposal.


All Conference presenters are required to:

(a) Complete the Workshop Submission Form (below) before the deadline date, and
(b) Register for conference

The workshop submission deadline is March 1, 2020. You will be notified by April 1, 2020, if your workshop has been accepted. All workshop schedules are subject to change. If any changes are made to the workshop program, you will be notified as soon as possible.

Please note that computers/laptops and speakers will NOT be supplied; presenters will need to bring their own equipment. All microphones will be standard issue podium microphone.  Those needing to connect a laptop should be prepared to connect via HDMI or VGA.

Format of Presentations

Workshop presentations will be given one hour and fifteen minutes per session with some exceptions of two-hour sessions.

Workshop leaders need to provide background on the topic, present an interactive workshop that engages with attendees, facilitate the session, close and conclude the workshop.

Panel Discussions will provide an opportunity for three or more presenters to speak in an open and conversational setting with conference attendees. Submissions for these should include the name, affiliation, and email address of each panelist in addition to a description of the presentation and the title page.

Selection Criteria/Guidelines

Our Workshop Committee will conduct a peer review of the content of each proposal for relevance to the conference theme, clarity, originality, timeliness, innovation, and compatibility with the mission of the National Stuttering Association.

We are seeking workshops that cover a variety of topics related to stuttering including (but not limited to): motivation, attitudes, self-confidence, support, socializing, stuttering treatment and research, inclusivity, and workplace and disability issues. We are looking to offer sessions directed towards young adults, children and teens, parents, and family members.

Keynote Speakers

Sharon Steed

STUTTERING ON STAGE: Redefining Courage to Face your Fears

None of us walk through life without fear, doubt, insecurity, or shame. We all have something that’s a soft spot; and that thing gives us pause and makes us wonder if we’re good enough. Sometimes, we face our fears with confidence. But other times the courage we need escapes us, and we find ourselves back in that circle of fear, doubt, insecurity, and shame. So how do we cultivate that courage in the big and small moments of our daily lives? How do we speak with authority when we feel so small? And how do we stutter with confidence when we’re paralyzed with doubt?

In this keynote, Sharon Steed will share the lessons she’s learned from her life as a full-time public speaker who is also a stutterer. She’ll take you through her journey of struggling with communication through her childhood; avoiding communication at all costs in her early career; and how stuttering on stages across the world gave her genuine confidence the fluency never could.

Learn more about Sharon Steed

Sharon Steed is an international keynote speaker and empathy consultant. She has spoken globally at companies on improving team communication and collaboration through principles of empathy; at tech conferences on vulnerability as an asset; and has given a TEDx talk on empowering insecurities. She is a subject matter expert on empathy at work. Sharon’s course, Communicating with Empathy, is available on LinkedIn; and her O’Reilly Media, Inc. live online training, Empathy at Work, is held continuously throughout the year.

Annie Bradberry – ‘Getting Out of Your Own Way’

Many of you know Annie Bradberry but do you know her story?

Involved in the stuttering community for over 38 years, she will share her journey and experience taking us on a passage that will have you looking at your stuttering from a perspective that includes responsibility and self-discovery.

More about Annie Bradberry

Annie presents a compelling and thoughtful keynote on how to navigate life as a person who stutters. It is her hope that you will leave with a deeper appreciation that your own individual story leads to a path of clear understanding of when we get out of the way, the focus shifts from what we can’t do to realizing what we have done and what is obtainable. No longer doubting, we realize what we need is already inside of us.

And did you know she believes in mermaids, has an unmanageable love for shoes, chocolate, and Prosecco. and has traveled to 5 international conferences with her next being in Hiroshima Japan presenting with NSA member and SLP Mitch Trichon on Nurturing Partnerships and Cooperation in Our Stuttering/Cluttering World.

Our Workshop Application Process will open in early 2019.

Check back then to complete your application.