Astoria Bookshop Anthology Event!

Join us tonight, 11/10 from 7-8 pm, at The Astoria Bookshop for a special IN-STORE, masked event celebrating the No, YOU Tell It! anthology with ME, and Queens contributors Ellie Dvorkin Dunn, and Jeff Wills. Plus, the chance to trade your own tiny true tale. 

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Tickets are limited as the bookshop keeps their in-person events super small. Click here for more information and to grab your $5 ticket (redeemable for $5 off any book in the store) to SAVE YOUR SPOT!

Can’t make it out tonight? Click here to grab a copy of the anthology from our friends at The Astoria Bookshop.  You can also purchase online from Palm Circle Press.

No, YOU Tell It! “Punch Up” and anthology release!

Celebrate the culmination of a decade of helping people share in each other’s stories at No, YOU Tell It! “Punch Up” TONIGHT!! Click here for the show program.

Join us in person at Culture Lab, LIC or view the live stream here.

Plus, a chance to win the No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology 2022, now available in paperback and eBook (with links to listen to live performances of the stories through the No, YOU Tell It! podcast).


This show is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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:

College Essay Coaching

If you are looking to provide support for the rising juniors and seniors in your academic community, I offer private coaching, a single-session group workshop focused on generating ideas for their college essays, or a two-week/weekend intensive where we will create and revise multiple drafts.

I’m excited to share that I’m leading two such intensives, Stand-Out Stories: Personal Essays for College Applications and Beyond, this July & August at The Center for Fiction.

My goal is to help students find and craft a focused, personal story that opens a window into their unique character for admissions officers—while also being respectful of the trauma many of them are still processing due to the pandemic and our country’s continued civil unrest.

I’m presently booking online offerings for the summer and am open to both in-person and online sessions in the fall. Reach out!

Fall in love with writing this February

“You Do You” virtual write-in sessions continue this February. Now on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 am- 12noon.

Sign up below to set aside some writing time for yourself.

This month’s Sunday creative writing workshops are focused on character. Yep, see below for more info and to register.

February Offerings

Creative Writing Workshops

Sunday, 2/7 at 4 pm – The L-O-V-E Word! Click here for more and to register

Sunday, 2/21 at 4 pm – Character Therapy  Click here for more and to register


(All sessions 10 am – 12noon EST)

Week 1: Tue, 2/2 click here to register & Sat, 2/6 click here to register

Week 2: Tue, 2/9, click here & Sat, 2/13 click here

Week 3: Tue, 2/16 click here & Sat, 2/20 click here

Week 4: Tue, 2/23 click here & Sat, 2/27 click here

Best Wishes to the Class of 2021

A blessing during these tumultuous months has been connecting with high schoolers all over the world to help them tell their stories for college application essays.

A student recently reached out to request a last look at the personal statement he started in one of my summer workshops. It was a pleasure to read his words again.

His response to my feedback a much needed bright light.

Best wishes to all the hardworking students (and parents!) out there hitting “SEND” in the upcoming weeks.

Coming & Going Podcasts Available

Top: Calvin S. Cato and Bottom: Nicole Shawan Junior swap stories in Ep 54.
Top: Charlotte Marchant and Bottom: Nancy Agabian swap stories in Ep 55

What a blast teaming up with Lambda Literary to produce our first virtual No, YOU Tell It! show, which was also an official 2020 Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.

Episode 54 follows a comic finding a new side to himself when he pretends to be someone else in Florida and two lovers who seek comfort in each other’s sanitized arms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Episode 55 features a dad who escapes quarantine and a platonic prison relationship!

We also asked each storyteller that if we, the listeners, wished to summon them directly to our room what three items might we place in a magic circle to do so. As you see and will hear, a wide variety of ingredients are needed to complete the spell!

Give a listen to these dynamic story swaps on the No, YOU Tell It! podcast. Available at and all the podcasting places.