Photo credit: Jen Olenik

Photo credit: Jen Olenik


Tell your story

The Nocturnists is a night of physicians and other health care workers telling stories about life in medicine. For more information, read about us here.

Our next event is Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco. The theme is "Love." Please submit your story ideas by midnight on January 15th, 2018.

We welcome submissions from physicians, other health care workers (nurses, therapists, social workers, phlebotomists, etc), and for this particular event, their partners as well. Stories should be at least somewhat related to life in medicine. We encourage you to interpret the theme broadly (romantic love, self-love, love between friends and family, professional love/passion). Here are some prompts to get your creative juices flowing:

- Tell us a story about the struggles of dating or maintaining a relationship while working in medicine
- Tell us a story about a couple you felt were truly in love, and what you learned from them
- Tell us a story about the strong bonds (or lack thereof) between family and friends
- Tell us about a time your definition of love changed
- Tell us about a time love began or ended
- Tell us about an act of love you witnessed
- Tell us about a time you lost something you loved
- Tell us about a time you found love in an unusual place

We welcome all stories, regardless of content or tone. Our target length is 5-10 minutes.

Some tips on what we're looking for:
- Show us your humanity. The more human you are willing to be (not perfect, an expert, or a superhero), the more people will connect with your story.
- Tell us how you changed. The most successful stories are those that have an arc of change. Tell us how this experience impacted you!

Keep in mind: if your story is selected, we will pair you with a coach who will help you craft/polish your story so that it is stage-ready.

We're so excited to see what stories are out there! Please submit below.

Name *
(a sentence or two is fine)
(a brief outline is good) *instead of writing a brief outline, you may also e-mail a brief audio clip to

A note: if you decide to include patients and their friends/family as characters, a good rule of thumb for preserving confidentiality is that your characters should not be able to recognize themselves in your story. Some ways to achieve this: don't include names or dates, consider changing key characteristics (e.g. if a hat or backpack was a key feature of your patient, make it a scarf or a necklace), and don't make diseases too recognizable (e.g. lymphangioleiomyomatosis should be changed to "lung disease"). Alternatively, you can obtain a patient's written permission to use HIPAA-protected information in your story. For a quick review of this issue, check out this article and this article.