10 More Years of No, YOU Tell It!

MAY marks the official 10-year anniversary of No, YOU Tell IT! and my birthday month! Give a listen to our very first show from May 2012 available on Audioboom, or on your preferred podcasting platform.

Help create 10 more years of switched-up storytelling! Donate here toward our goal of $2,300 raised in celebration of our anniversary and my birthday on 5/23.

What does your tax-deductible donation support? So happy you asked!

  • $25 helps provide literary prizes for story trivia at the live shows in support of local authors and independent bookstores.
  • $50 goes toward administrative fees, such as our Field membership and hosting costs for our website and podcast.
  • $100 supports the storytellers who commit hours of their time to two story development meetings and a theatrical rehearsal prior to the live show.
  • $300 secures experienced story coaches and directors who support our storytellers from page to stage.
  • $500 enables us to provide a professional live stream of the event to broadcast this unique event to an even larger audience. See what this looks like in the video below!

What separates our series is the collaborative time put into each show. This extensive workshop process is a blessing, but the time commitment can also be a challenge for participants and the creative team.

Therefore, as we strive toward a new decade of No, YOU Tell It!, we are dedicated to compensating all of the artists involved. Any size donation is greatly appreciated and goes to the artists.

Don’t have the funds right now? Support our series with a FB like or Insta follow and share our podcast on your favorite socials.

Thank you to all who have been a part of a wonderful 10 years!

“Beloved” Teen Workshop

As part of The Center for Fiction’s NEA Big Read programming for Toni Morrison’s Beloved, I’m honored to lead this free close reading and personal narrative writing workshop for students in grades 11 and 12.

Held on Saturdays from April 30th through May 21st, students will examine the various ways memory takes shape in the novel and then mine their memories to create personal narratives. Students should apply by April 13th here.

Watch “Anniversary Apart”

Thank everyone who was able to come out to No, YOU Tell It! “Anniversary Apart” the first show of our ten-year anniversary season!

It was truly incredible to hear those stories come to life and see such great performances from each of the storytellers. Click here for the show program.

Sad you missed? Good news! Watch the show here:

If you want, you can still make a $15 suggested tax-deductible donation in support of the series. Pay what and only if you can – more is always welcome! Click here to donate.

First 2022 No, YOU Tell It! Show

The first No, YOU Tell It! show of our 10-Year Anniversary Season is one week from today!!!

After two story meetings, these storytellers are readying their tales for a virtual tri-flip on 1/27. Come out and hear these stories based on the theme “Anniversary Apart”

PLUS you can win a donation in your name and a puppy named after you, supporting Friends with Four Paws by winning story trivia.

Register now: nyti-anniversary-apart.eventbrite.com

Year of No, YOU Tell It!

One of the things I’m most grateful for in 2021 was producing and hosting our first live No, YOU Tell It! show in two years at Culture Lab, LIC. Made possible, in part, by my #CityArtistCorps grant.

Preparations for the new year have begun and I am excited to get back out there in 2022 with more for our upcoming 10th anniversary!

CLICK HERE to help support our No, YOU Tell It! 2022: Ten-Year Anniversary Season. (Plus, your donation is tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, The Field.)

Wishing everyone peace and love at the end of this often trying year – looking forward to swapping more stories in 2022!

Kelly Jean