Participate

Dust off that diary! Unearth those letters! Become part of the Mortified community, the largest and longest-running project of its kind. Share your awkward and embarrassing childhood journals, artwork, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, and plays. Never been on stage? We love that!

Submit a request to meet with Mortified curators in cities worldwide. We help you identify excerpts that audiences will love. As celebrated by This American Life, Entertainment Weekly, Time, The Guardian, All Things Considered, and Wired.

Current Chapters. Amsterdam, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, DC/Baltimore, Detroit, Denver, Dublin, Helsinki, Los Angeles, London, Malmo, NYC, Oslo, Paris, Portland, San Fran/Oakland, Sonoma, Trondheim, & The Twin Cities.

Don’t see your city listed? Select “Other” in the list of cities below and we will keep you on file in case an opportunity arises (whether on stage or as an interview on the podcast). If you don’t mind traveling, our producers can also hold curating sessions with you over Skype.

Don’t Speak English? Good news. We’ve created non-English language pages for participants of our events in France, Norway, & Sweden, and The Netherlands. (Finnish page coming.)

Request to Participate

First Name.*

Last Name.*

Phone*

Email.*

Chapter.*

     

Unearthed Material.*

A brief description of material you'd like to share:*

(Ex: "I found a wonderfully bad poem I wrote about world peace to impress a hippie girl in 9th grade. The poem mentions...")

Why does this material embarrass you now as an adult?*

Memorable excerpts & sample entries: (optional)

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How It Works

1. Unearth

You dig up some of your old embarrassing childhood artifacts (old letters, lyrics, journals, cassettes, artwork, plays, videos, even old blogs).

2. Contact

You request a producer’s session on the form on this page.

3. Collaborate

We meet up and help you identify excerpts & a backstory that our audience will love.

4. Share

You share the results on stage.

5. Impact

Someone in the audience returns home, inspired to unearth their own stuff! (Fun, eh?)

Tips

  • DO. Earmark 5-8 excerpts that you’re embarrassed to admit you wrote. When we meet up, those will give us a very helpful starting place. That said, we’ll wander around your pages and hear other stuff you brought, too, so bring as much as you can.
  • DO. Look for entries where your writing was very dramatic– whether you were ultra angry or ultra happy. These tend to be funny.
  • DO. Look for entries where your writing was oblivious to an obvious-to-anyone-else reality. (For instance, a closeted teen writing about their love of Broadway musicals.)
  • DO. Look for entries that make you react, “I can’t believe I actually thought like that.”
  • DO. Stick with it. Some of our best stuff takes a few sessions to find the right excerpts. If we don’t find enough stuff initially, the door is always open to return. It’s a strange but fun process, and our curators spend hours and hours helping you identify material that our audience will love.
  • DON’T sweat it. This is NOT an audition or a tryout. Our curating process is not about judging your talents– our goal is to simply help you find stuff. When we find enough material that matches our needs, we invite you on stage. When we don’t, we suggest ways to find more and offer to meet again.
  • DON’T censor material because you think it doesn’t fit in a storyline or theme. Ignore storylines or themes for now–just focus on finding stuff that you embarrasses you. Even if it jumps from topic to topic. We’ll help you find a way to make it all connect as a story LATER.
  • DON’T make stuff up. The fun of our show is that people sharing actual mementos from childhood. If you want to write an essay about your childhood, there are plenty of great projects (like the Moth) that are better forums for that.