Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Off Script


Submissions are Open!


Off Script: Stories from the Heart of Medicine
Theme: Homebound
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Is home your destination, creative laboratory, or place of refuge? Or is it the place you can’t escape? Tell a story about a time “home” was redecorated, overpopulated, underappreciated, or abandoned altogether. We’d love to hear about pet shenanigans, roommate feuds, cooking hijinks, or video conferencing gone wrong.

We welcome submissions from all members of the Houston and TMC communities—researchers, physicians, students, staff, patients, and others. Send us your upbeat stories (fictional or true) with strong characters, vivid setting, and dramatic movement.

Don’t worry about making your story stick too closely to “what really happened.” Let the story take you where it wants to go.

Submissions should be 800 – 1,000 words.


  • Oct. 4 – Deadline for Submissions
  • Nov. 1 and 2 – Workshops
  • Nov. 15 – Dress Rehearsal
  • Nov. 18 – Performance
Submit Your Story

Information for Authors


Steps for Off Script Authors

  1. After submitting a story sketch to be considered for performance at the Off Script storytelling event, authors will be notified within two weeks of the deadline if their sketch has been accepted.
  2. Participants in Off Script will be expected to participate in both a workshop and a practice performance, to be completed prior to sharing their stories at Off Script.
  3. Members of the Narrative Medicine Program will facilitate a 90-minute workshop during which each person will read their story aloud and receive critical feedback from their peers. A video of the presentation will be recorded and distributed as well.
  4. Within one week after the workshop, authors will be expected to incorporate the feedback they received and email final drafts of their stories to the workshop leaders. Authors will meet for a final practice session with the NM group about a week before Off Script.
  5. Authors present on the Off Script stage.

Privacy Notice

Any story submitted must not include any protected health information (name, address (other than state), birthdate, admission date, discharge date, date of death, and exact age if over 89, or any other characteristic that could uniquely identify the individual). See more information about PHI.