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CISA’s Field Notes is a live storytelling event celebrating the many ways local food and farming leave their mark on our lives and in our communities. After a pandemic hiatus, Field Notes returns in person to the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton on Sunday, April 30th.
Do you have a story to share? Pitch it to us by January 15th. Read on for instructions, ideas, and more about the empowering experience of sharing your story at Field Notes.
ANYONE! (Really!) Food is a part of all of our lives. Whether you’re a farmer, chef, waiter, gardener, food activist, passionate home cook, or anyone else with a story to share about local food or farming, this event is for you.
Never been on stage before? That’s okay, we’ll help you get there. All performers will have the opportunity to workshop their stories and learn performance techniques with a professional storyteller ahead of the show.
Any story about growing, cooking, selling, or eating local food will be considered. Previous stories have included a farmer’s guide to catching pumpkin thieves, a single mother facing food insecurity whose life was changed by a farm share, love at first spice, and much more. Even arthropod gastronomy (👈🏼 you know you’re curious).
Stories should be true, based on your real-life experience. They should have characters and a narrative arc with a beginning that sets the scene, middle that introduces tension, and end that resolves it. Think memoir, not op-ed. And stories should have stakes. The central character (you) should have something to gain or lose. Final stories will be around five minutes.
Need some prompts for inspiration?
Watch past Field Notes stories here.
Past tellers have described their Field Notes experiences as “thrilling,” “terrifying,” “exceptional,” and “oh so worth the effort.” It’s a powerful experience personally, and it creates bonds between storytellers supporting each other. We’d love to welcome you to this season’s Field Notes family!
Through January 15th, we’re accepting pitches.
Workshops and the rehearsal will total about 10-12 contact hours, plus time for practice between sessions. All storytellers who need to pay for childcare to attend workshops and the performance will receive a stipend to help cover that.
If Spanish is a storyteller’s most comfortable language, CISA will provide interpretation services during workshops and the final performance. Translation and interpretation of the final performance will also be available for Spanish-speaking audience members to enjoy, if appropriate. Information about Field Notes is available in Spanish here – share with your Spanish speaking friends!
Trust your gut. If a story makes you feel something in your body while telling it, AND captures others’ attention and makes them feel something too, you’re onto something.
There are two options:
Your pitch should be brief, but give an sense of your full story. It’s not just a teaser! Try to share a few sentences about each of these things:
Don’t worry if it’s not perfect 🙂 Give it your best shot. We will contact you to elaborate if needed.
We can’t wait to hear your stories. This is going to be FUN!