Syntax/Synapse is a dynamic series that investigates the intersection of fiction and neuroscience through events for adults, children, and commissioned essays. 


Neurological research shows that reading works of fiction and engaging in the act of storytelling improves brain function by flexing the imagination, sharpening reason, and expanding both intellectual horizons and our capacities for compassion and empathy. Through our lively programming this past fall we aimed to deepen the burgeoning connections between the practitioners of fiction and neuroscience. 


Our events have all taken place, but you can follow the links below to learn more about each one and to watch video of our programs.


In addition to our Syntax/Synapse events we're also bringing you a series of commissioned essays by some of your favorite fiction writers who investigate the mind through their writing. Elizabeth McKenzie, Dexter Palmer, Jeffery Renard Allen, Erik Hoel and more will take a nuanced look at how the creative mind works. Stay tuned for these this spring! 

Kids Programming


In addition to our adult programs for Syntax/Synapse, we hosted events for children and teens that specifically dealt with mental health issues and neuroatypicality. The authors that joinined us were Gae Polisner (The Memory of Things), Corey Ann Haydu (OCD Love Story), Kate Scelsa (Fans of the Impossible Life), and Lyn Miller-Lachmann (Gringolandia).




Syntax/Synapse is presented in partnership with YHouse


With support from the NEA