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.

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.

Constructing Powerful Openings

A first page is the first impression. The first chance to make people sit up and take notice of your work.

“Marley was dead, to begin with.” A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens.

Join us today at The Astoria Bookshop at 5 pm to kick-off a new year by exploring how to write powerful openings. Through a mixture of discussion and writing exercises, we’ll take a look at various story starter techniques and use them to revise an existing piece of work.

$10 suggested contribution. BYO Pen & Paper!

Workshop, 8/18 at 5 pm

31-29 31st St, Astoria, NY

Creating Sensory Details: How often have you heard this famous refrain: Show, don’t tell. But how exactly? And why? Most writers interpret it to mean that one should write vividly with detailed images and sensory information (show) rather than dull summaries (tell). Working through a series of writing exercises, we’ll explore the scientific impact sensory details have to emotionally engage readers.

Click here for more info and to RSVP via Facebook.

Workshop, 4/21 at 5 pm


31-29 31st St, Astoria, NY

Crafting Mythic Quests: Myths represent the ways that ancient cultures sought to explain the origins of the world and of existence itself. Sounds like a killer creative writing prompt to me! Through a mixture of discussion and writing exercises, we will explore the mythic realm of quests, break down the hero’s journey, and write into a time before time began.

$10 suggested contribution. BYO pen & paper.

Click here to RSVP via Facebook.