Share Your Story

Oral Fixation is now welcoming stories for all Season 6 shows!

(Scroll down to the show you wish to submit for)

“Close To Home”

“Close To Home” means:
1) When something affects you deeply and emotionally because you relate strongly to it.
2) When something causes you to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed because it is likely true.
3) When something is literally close to your residence, workplace, or you.
4) When something involves someone you know directly.
If you are up for the challenge, please share your true-life tale about when something occurred that resonated so deeply within you, it altered your life; when you felt that something hit you right between the eyes, and it was a wake-up call; when something occurred so close to your house or workplace, it led you to rethink things; or that insane holiday trip home where you never seemed to arrive—or couldn’t get away fast enough. Or please—feel free to surprise us with your own unique take on the theme!
Before sharing your story for consideration, please read the “DETAILS” tab thoroughly. The last day to offer up your tale is Friday, November 17, 2017 at 6 p.m. If you are cast in the show, you will be required to attend a “Meet the Cast Google Hangout” on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7-7:45 p.m., and a mandatory rehearsal on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 12-4 p.m. Performance of #CloseToHome is Tuesday, December 19, 2017; cast members are required to be onsite 6-10 p.m. Please confirm your availability for these dates and times before sharing your story. When you are ready, click the button below to fill out the form and upload your 1200-1500 word story as a Word doc or text file.
Cast announcement for #CloseToHome will be made via email by Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 8 a.m.

 

 

 

“Stick Together”

Before sharing your story for consideration, please read the “DETAILS” tab thoroughly. The last day to offer up your tale is Friday, January 12, 2018 at 6 p.m. If you are cast in the show, you will be required to attend a “Meet the Cast Google Hangout” on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7-7:45 p.m., and a mandatory rehearsal on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 12-4 p.m. Performance of #StickTogether is on VALENTINE’S DAY, Wednesday, February 14, 2018; cast members are required to be onsite 6-10 p.m. Please confirm your availability for these dates and times before sharing your story. When you are ready, click the button below to fill out the form and upload your 1200-1500 word story as a Word doc or text file.
Cast announcement for #StickTogether will be made via email by Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8 a.m.

 

 

 

“Broken Record”

Before sharing your story for consideration, please read the “DETAILS” tab thoroughly. The last day to offer up your tale is Friday, March 30, 2018 at 6 p.m. If you are cast in the show, you will be required to attend a “Meet the Cast Google Hangout” on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7-7:45 p.m., and a mandatory rehearsal on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 12-4 p.m. Performance of #BrokenRecord is on Wednesday, May 2, 2018; cast members are required to be onsite 6-10 p.m. Please confirm your availability for these dates and times before sharing your story. When you are ready, click the button below to fill out the form and upload your 1200-1500 word story as a Word doc or text file.
Cast announcement for #BrokenRecord will be made via email by Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 8 a.m.

 

 

 

“All Over The Map”

Before sharing your story for consideration, please read the “DETAILS” tab thoroughly. The last day to offer up your tale is Friday, May 18, 2018 at 6 p.m. If you are cast in the show, you will be required to attend a “Meet the Cast Google Hangout” on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7-7:45 p.m., and a mandatory rehearsal on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 12-4 p.m. Performance of #AllOverTheMap is on Tuesday, June 16, 2018; cast members are required to be onsite 6-10 p.m. Please confirm your availability for these dates and times before sharing your story. When you are ready, click the button below to fill out the form and upload your 1200-1500 word story as a Word doc or text file.
Cast announcement for #AllOverTheMap will be made via email by Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 8 a.m.

 

 

 

How can I participate in Oral Fixation?

To share your story with us for consideration for participating as a storyteller in our show, please read this information carefully then, for the show you are submitting for, fill out the Google form in its entirety. You can submit for any open show at any time. See deadlines under the “DEADLINES & DATES” tab. Start writing!

What are the requirements for sharing my story?

Your story must be true and have happened to you. It must be between 1200-1500 words in length. If your story does not exhibit an obvious and direct connection to the theme, it will not be considered. It is advised that you write a piece specifically for a theme that speaks to you as opposed to attempting to tailor a piece you’ve already written to fit in with one or more of the themes. Neither poetry nor songs are acceptable submissions.

What is Oral Fixation looking for?

We are most interested in tales of transformative times of life: times when an event or series of events changed you. You were one person before and became someone new afterwards, and that difference is still with you today. As far as linking to the theme, we’re looking for either both literal and figurative takes on the theme. While we offer suggested takes on each theme, we also love to be surprised. We love stories that are funny, thrilling, horrifying, exhilarating, embarrassing, sexy, poignant, bold, raw, revealing, and any combination of the above. The show is generally R-rated, so please avoid profanity unless essential and feel free to include the raw truth on matters of sex, drugs, and violence.

What do you suggest as far as story structure?

The most compelling stories possess a clear beginning, middle, and end. In the beginning, share the context of your life before the story happened. Remember that YOU are the main character of your story (yes, please tell it in first person), and your character must be developed. Don’t assume the audience knows anything about you. We need to understand who you were (and where and what you were doing) before the event or series of events began so that we relate to you and root for you as you move through your journey. Along the way, let us in on why you made the choices you did and how you were thinking and feeling at the time. Dialogue can be a useful tool. In the end, reflect on how you have changed because of your story. Let us in on where you are today and why this story remains significant to you. Stories are most often told in chronological order, but that is not a requirement if you are inspired to create an alternate structure.

What kind of tone is appropriate?

The medium of writing personal nonfiction for the stage needs not be poetic or formal. Rather, your story should read in a way that sounds authentically YOU, as if you were telling a dear friend about a time in your life they don’t know much about. Allow your personality, sense of humor, and point of view to show through your writing.

What is the editing process like?

Your submission will be considered a first draft. It is your story itself, its connection to the theme, and your ability to share a story appropriate to the topic that is considered most heavily. If you are accepted, then you’ll go through an editing process to pull forth the truthiest, juiciest parts of your story—all to prepare you for the stage. This editing process involves several 30-60 minute phone or video conferences with an Oral Fixation Editor. During these conferences, the Editor will ask you probing questions designed to stimulate your memory and flesh out the most relevant details of your story. In between sessions, you’ll be expected to apply the notes given to you in-session and revise your story into an updated draft within a given word limit. Your story will be finalized several days before the mandatory rehearsal. Your finalized story, when read aloud, should last 8-9 minutes.

What happens at rehearsal?

At the four-hour mandatory rehearsal, you’ll meet the other storytellers over lunch, and then receive training on how to best read your story for an audience. The the group will engage in a physical and vocal warm-up. After a break, you will get a chance to read your story aloud. You will be timed and given feedback on your delivery. You will be expected to practice quite a bit before show night, when you will read your finessed, finely-honed story from the page.

How do I know if my story is worth sharing?

If you have an instinctive response to a theme, strap yourself to a chair and spit your story out onto the page. Sometimes this is the hardest part so turn off your internet connection, put on some music and/or light a candle, and dig into your memory to mine the best, most relevant parts of your life experience that resonate with the theme.

When do I send in my story?

Submissions may be sent in well in advance. You are encouraged to strike when the iron is hot—when inspiration finds you. But note that casting won’t be finalized until the dates listed under submission deadlines. In other words, if you send in a story in July for the October theme, don’t worry if you haven’t been notified one way or the other until early September.

What is the time commitment?

Tuesday evening of the casting announcement, there will be a 30-45 minute “Meet the Cast Google Hangout” at 7 p.m. that you will be required to attend. Please keep this time open in case you are cast in the show. Next, in addition to the 2-3 thirty-minute editing sessions over the month-long period after you are cast, you’ll need to set aside time for working on your revisions (allow 2 hours for each revision). You’ll be expected to rehearse your story on your own by reading it aloud several times before the group rehearsal. Then you must attend the four-hour mandatory rehearsal a couple days before the show (exact time and rehearsal location will be stated in your acceptance package). Finally, you will be expected to be at the venue from approximately 6-10 p.m. on the day of the show. Please confirm your availability for both the performance and the rehearsal before submitting.

 

 

“Close To Home”

Story Submission: Friday, November 17, 2017 by 6 p.m.
Cast Announcement: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by 8 a.m.
Meet the Cast on Google Hangout: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7-7:45 p.m.
Mandatory Rehearsal: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 12-4 p.m.
Performance: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 8-9:30 p.m. (Cast required to be on site 6-10 p.m.)

 

“Stick Together”

Story Submission: Friday, January 12, 2018 by 6 p.m.
Cast Announcement: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by 8 a.m.
Meet the Cast on Google Hangout: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7-7:45 p.m.
Mandatory Rehearsal: Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 12-4 p.m.
Performance: Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 8-9:30 p.m. (Cast required to be on site 6-10 p.m.)

 

“Broken Record”

Story Submission: Friday, March 30, 2018 by 6 p.m.
Cast Announcement: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 by 8 a.m.
Meet the Cast on Google Hangout: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7-7:45 p.m.
Mandatory Rehearsal: Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 12-4 p.m.
Performance: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 8-9:30 p.m. (Cast required to be on site 6-10 p.m.)

 

“All Over The Map”

Story Submission: Friday, May 18, 2018 by 6 p.m.
Cast Announcement: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by 8 a.m.
Meet the Cast on Google Hangout: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7-7:45 p.m.
Mandatory Rehearsal: Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 12-4 p.m.
Performance: Wednesday, June 19, 2018 at 8-9:30 p.m. (Cast required to be on site 6-10 p.m.)

 

 


 

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