Newtown Literary

Honored to be on editorial review board at Newtown Literary.

We here at Newtown Literary stand against racism and injustice of any kind. We honor George Floyd and countless others who have paid the price of white supremacy with their lives, many in New York City. We acknowledge the life-and-death nature of this situation. #BlackLivesMatter is a universal truth. Black people have the same rights as everyone else, and we condemn the abhorrent act of disregarding anyone’s right to life and liberty based on the color of their skin. The rights to learn, create, and succeed in the literary community fall under this banner.

Read the full statement on Newtown Literary’s Facebook page.

College Admissions Essay Writing

Understanding the role of the college application essay is the first step toward writing one with punch.

Thrilled to announce that I am an instructor with Summerfuel Virtual helping high school students identify what aspects of their character they want to bring forth in their college essays.

Looking for support during the college admissions process? This online workshop is a tremendous way for students from all over the world to connect by sharing in each other’s experiences.

Learn more about Summerfuel’s Virtual Campus here.

I’m also available for private and semi-private (if your student wants to buddy up with a friend!) coaching.

Contact me at kjfitzsimmons@gmail.com to set up your free 30-min consultation.

Happy Eight Years!

Nothing informs your story like hearing someone else perform your story!

Celebrate eight-years of No, YOU Tell It! on May 8th with this special look at last year’s Lambda Literary team-up show by filmmaker Ariel Mahler.

Leave a comment on the featurette on our NYTI page by 11:59 pm (Cinderella time!) for a chance to win a $100 Bookseller’s Choice Book Bundle from The Astoria Bookshop.

Listen to story swaps from our live shows on the No, YOU Tell It! podcast at noyoutellit.com (available on iTunes, AudioBoom, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts).

Bonus! In support of DP TV and sharing in each other’s stories, if we receive over 80 new likes and/or follows on our No, YOU Tell It! Facebook page and Instagram we will donate $100 to our friends at Dixon Place.

We Heart Astoria

Lovely to have my creative writing class at The Astoria Bookshop (now online!) featured on We Heart Astoria.

We had three lovely sessions yesterday. Contact me at kjfitzsimmons@gmail.com to sign-up for future Sundays.

I’m also running a special this May on semi-private coaching.

Workshop Creator Scholarship

Grateful and thrilled to be awarded a scholarship for the May cohort of the Workshop Creator program run by Wavetable!

Transitioning my work online is a need as I struggle to regain my livelihood. However, I want to design engaging and openhearted virtual workshops that help high school students tell their stories for college application essays in an authentic voice.

Personal storytelling is essential right now as a way for students to connect by sharing in each other’s experiences.

Click here to learn more about Wavetable and how to join us in May.

Sunday Online Workshops Continue

Earlier this month, I set an intention to make my “online writing workshops and private coaching sessions as open and honest as my in-person offerings.”

Transitioning my monthly class at The Astoria Bookshop to a weekly online offering added a bright light to my Sundays. I’ve loved reconnecting with regulars and meeting new writers. We even added a second session to honor my goal by keeping class sizes small.

If you would like to join us at 3 or 5 pm today (2 spots left in each class!) or be added to my newsletter to receive info on future sessions, contact kjfitzsimmons@gmail.com.

SUPPORT The Astoria Bookshop every day by purchasing books through their Bookshop page or preordering titles/buying gift certificates directly at astoriabookshop.com.

Online Writing Workshops Available

Great first sessions for two new online creative writing workshops this past Sunday and Tuesday!

Workshops for adults will be held every Sunday. I’m limiting class size so that the session can be more interactive. Email me today at kjfitzsimmons@gmail.com for more information, to sign up, or be added to my newsletter to receive information about future sessions.

Click here to watch a video response from Tuesday’s kids’ workshop.

I also do private writing coaching/tutoring for individual students or small groups (2-3). Reach out if you’d like more info on anything