Information and Brainstorming sheet for Submitting an Anonymous Monologue to Racial Monologues 2017 – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County
Deadline is February 15, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Saturday, March 18th @ 7 pm at UUFCC
What can monologues be about?
Write about yourself and any meaningful relationship you might have had where race is the topic. Explore racial relationships, experiences of race within your family and with other important people in your life, first or remarkable experiences with race, experiences of empowerment and endangerment that focus on race and race relations. NO TOPIC IS OFF-LIMITS OR IRRELEVANT!
Your submission may be as short as a few sentences or up to three typed, double spaced pages in length. Your submission may be edited for length to allow for many different pieces to be included in the production. You may submit more than one piece. Please change the3 names of any people you describe in your submission.
Don’t be nervous about sharing revealing stories because your submissions will remain completely anonymous. You do not need to include your own name with your submission.
How do I submit my monologue?
Submissions for the Racial Monologues may be turned in until February 15, 2017.
- Submit them on-line to email@example.com
- Submit via postal mail to: Racial Monologues @ UUFCC
1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd.
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
- Submissions may be dropped off at the Fellowship to the closed box in the foyer
How will selections be made?
Selections will be made by a committee of Fellowship members and friends and other community members. Selections will be based on an interest in representing a diversity of voices, and a range of experience described in compelling language. Pieces may be edited by the committee. We cannot include every submission in a two-hour show, regrettably. If your Monologue does not make it into the production, it does not mean it wasn’t a fantastic story. It may appear in a book version of Racial Monologues 2017.
Are you interested in performing in the production?
If you are interested in performing, but not writing a monologue, look for our call for performers to audition in mid-February. Announcement will be in the weekly updates and on the UUFCC Facebook page and webpage. You may submit a monologue AND perform one, but you will not be allowed to perform your own monologue, as preserving the anonymity of the writers is crucial to this process and production.
Please feel free to share this call for monologues with family and friends. We would like to include stories shared from people of varying ages, races, religions, ethnicities, classes or sexual orientations .
Each of us has stories inside; please consider sharing yours!
***Please note that by donating your story, you agree that it may be edited for length, given public performance and could be reproduced on paper or as a YouTube. Any money raised from your submission will go toward fund-raising for local non-profits working to eliminate racism in the community.
Questions or ideas for our production?
You might want to participate in the Racial Monologues effort by helping to spread the word throughout your neighborhood, school or work place. This is an important job and we urge some of you to help us in this way. Would you like to participate in the Racial Monologues as a support person, creative force, or go-to person? We can always use the help, and you’d find yourself among a diverse and fun group of people who are committed to using writing and art to create a safe, happy, creative community where we can talk about race, racism and how to undo racism.
This information is also available at on Facebook at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County.
For more Information, contact Kay Azar: firstname.lastname@example.org or Myrna Charry: email@example.com
Some writing strategies to consider:
To start, think of a powerful experience in your life that may be humorous, exciting, beautiful, painful, inspiring, terrifying, empowering, embarrassing, sad, etc. Share this specific story to capture the complexity of being a complex member of this human race by including concrete details (remember that you can draw on all the senses!) and reflections on how the experience made you feel at the time, and perhaps, now.
- Decide what effect you want to have on your audience (what emotions, details, images do you want to leave them with?)
- Make an experience come alive with details! Show, don’t tell, your story. Think about your Monologue as a scene from a movie. What do you want us to see, hear, or smell (if your movie was shot with “smellovision”.
- There are many ways to tell a story: Write a letter/email/Facebook entry, or imagine a Twitter thread; get across the emotion of an event by giving us impressions, sounds, words, include other voices (no real names).
- Short sentences communicate best.
- Cut to the chase! You don’t have much room, so leave in the strongest, most evocative material.
+ When I was a girl/boy, I loved to….
+ The first time I know….
+ I looked down/up and thought…
+ You’ll never believe/understand _______, but I’ll try to explain….
+ Just the idea of _______ makes me crazy/squirm/joyful/thrilled/hurt….
+ For me, its always been ________ that makes me ________ ….
+ I felt like a giant/tiny ________ in the middle of all the _________ …
+ Start with dialogue, “ PUT THAT DOWN!” my mother screamed.
+ Start with setting. “The mountains turned purple in the mornings.”
+ Start with conflict. “We decided to beat up the girls in the seventh grade, even though we were only eight years old.”
+ Start with character. “My sister, often jovial, bubby, sweet, had been in her room for five days straight.”
- Consider the power of list making
- Can be prose or poetry – you could even write a Haiku