Attention CSUSM community – We are looking for storytellers! Sponsored by the University Library and the Office of Undergraduate Studies, "A Common Story: Finding Joy in the Face of Adversity" is a monologue performance showcase featuring stories told by CSUSM students, faculty, staff, and administrators. A Common Story is part of the CSUSM Arts & Lectures spring series and is hosted by our very own Dr. Mary Robertson, Assistant Professor of Sociology and co-producer of The Narrators.

We are looking for diverse voices and experiences to tell 10 minute true stories on stage this coming spring based on the theme “Finding Joy in the Face of Adversity.” This prompt relates to the themes present in the 2018-19 CSUSM University Library Common Read, The Book of JoyYou do not need to be a professional writer nor do you need to be a professional performer to participate; you just need to be willing to share your story on stage March 12th, 2019. We encourage you all to consider submitting your true stories… tell us how you find joy in the face of adversity!

Requirements for Story Consideration

  • Must be a CSUSM student, faculty, staff, or administrator
  • Must be a TRUE story that has happened to the writer/performer
  • Stories must fit the theme: “Finding joy in the face of adversity”
  • Written submissions must be between 1000 – 15000 words total
  • Must be willing to perform the story on stage for 10 minutes (March 12th, 2019)

Stories are due February 12th, 2019 before 9pm (submit here)

Performing storytellers will be notified February 26th, 2019 before 5pm


Any questions? Please contact Toni Olivas, Interim Engagement & Inclusion Librarian.

Need help with your story? Dr. Robertson has graciously offered to assist! Please contact her to set up an appointment:

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Toni Olivas

Interim Engagement & Inclusion Librarian
Office Location: 
KEL 5011
Office Hours: 
by appointment