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The Story Collider

  • Oberon Theater 2 Arrow St Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

The Story Collider is a national show featuring true stories about science, told live on stage. The organization’s podcast has been downloaded over one million times. Participants in this special field trip to the Oberon Theater in Harvard Square, Cambridge, will be able to enjoy a special ScienceWriters2015 edition of the show including NASW members as storytellers.

So if you're feeling bold and you'd like explore the booming world of spoken-word performance, this could be your chance to put theory into practice. You’ll have plenty of help; Story Collider producers will work with you personally to make your story great. (Stories are not lectures – they have a beginning, middle, and end, in which the storyteller undergoes a change. Stories are typically 8-10 minutes long and can be about anything from how you first fell in love with science to how your work has affected your personal life to challenges you’ve faced in your work.) For a chance at telling your story on stage, send a short pitch to stories@storycollider.org with "ScienceWriters Pitch" in the subject. The deadline for pitches is Sept. 4.

  • "The tones balanced stand-up funny and powerfully confessional … The crowd's reactions veered from belly laughs to pin-drop silence."
    — Andy Beta, The Wall Street Journal
  • "The experience was incredibly cathartic, and having people come up to me afterwards and tell me how interesting and moving they found my story was as gratifying as any compliment I have ever received about my research."
    — David Carmel, Nature

Tickets are $15; sign up for The Story Collider performance when you register for ScienceWriters2015. Ticket holders are responsible for their own transportation to Harvard Square.