School of Medicine

Off Script


Off Script: Stories from the Heart of Medicine


Theme: To Give and To Receive

Prompt:  We give blood, birthday presents, and fudge brownies. We give books, time, and valentines. On the other side of the transaction is the recipient. Receiving a kidney, a parent’s attention, a coveted letter of recommendation.

What does it mean to give? To receive? How do both actions enrich our relationships?

Tell a story about how giving or receiving something impacts a life (or several lives). The gift can be tangible or intangible, an organ or pep talk or a home-cooked meal.

Your story can be true, fictional, or a mix of both. Pack your story with engaging characters, realistic dialogues, and vivid scenes. Give us tension and dramatic action! Stories should involve some aspect of health, illness, disability, healthcare education, or caregiving. Please submit your story (600-900 words) by March 24.

Off Script is a community-oriented event. No healthcare affiliation required.

  • Submission deadline is March 24, 2024
  • Workshops are scheduled for April 7 and 8.
  • This free one-hour storytelling event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 25 at The Health Museum of Houston
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