Upcoming Workshop at Q.E.D. – “New Toys”

Our second No, YOU Tell It! workshop at Q.E.D. A Place To Show & Tell starts this Sunday, March 1st! The theme is “New Toys” and there are only a couple of spots left.  Click here for more info and to register.

The 5-week workshop is Sundays in March, plus a show on the Q.E.D. stage. You can listen to our Revelation workshop showcase here.

Still room in our QED Workshop this March

We had a great show this week at QED: A Place to Show & Tell. Good news… There is still room to join us for our next one!

Sundays in March starting 3/1 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, plus a workshop showcase on the Q.E.D. stage on Tue, March 24th at 7 PM.

The workshop features:

  • Freewriting exercises to kick-start your first draft.
  • Two workshop sessions to refine your true-life tale.
  • An individual rehearsal with a NYTI director to work on performing your partner’s story.
  • A workshop showcase that is open to the public.
  • A bonus post-show session to reflect on the impact of hearing your story performed, learn additional tools for revision, and receive tips on how to publish your polished personal essay.

Space is limited so click here to register. Questions? Feel free to contact us at

Revelation – A Workshop Showing at QED

Feb 03 2015 @ 7:00PM

Participants in our winter workshop at Q.E.D. in Astoria have spent the last month working with us to develop their memoirs on the page.

Join us this Tuesday, 2/3, at 7 p.m. as they take the Q.E.D. stage to swap stories inspired by the theme REVELATION. Click here for tickets.

Image courtesy of Sha-Nee Williams

Event Information

Feb 03 2015 @ 7:00PM

Q.E.D. - A Place to Show & Tell, 23rd Avenue, NY, United States

Register For Our Storytelling Intensive at Q.E.D. Astoria


Write your story. Perform someone else’s. Two days, two ways to explore storytelling with No, YOU Tell It! 

We’re excited to offer a switched-up storytelling intensive at Q.E.D., a new workshop and event space located in Astoria. You can learn more about Q.E.D. here.

We believe everyone has a story to share, and our two-part intensive provides a supportive space to experience the creative, vulnerable, and ultimately elating process behind both writing and performance. There is limited enrollment, so participants will receive individual attention from the NYTI creative team.

Some nitty-gritty on the way the workshop will be conducted:

Session 1 (11/15, 2-6 p.m.) Participants will be guided through a series of writing exercises to help them draft an impactful nonfiction story.

Between sessions, participants will work on their story. While they are busy writing, we will pair the stories – and switch-up the storytellers – based on how they complement each other.

Session 2 (11/22, 2-6 p.m.) Flipping scripts, participants are coached through performing their partner’s story. Then, the paired partners perform one another’s stories for the group.

You will leave the intensive with a draft of your true-life tale on the page, experience performing someone else’s on stage, and feedback on what direction you want to take your piece in next.

The fee for the workshop is $50. NOTE: Class is limited to 8 students and advanced purchase is mandatory. If you cannot attend both sessions, you will not be refunded so please keep this in mind when signing up!

Click here to register. As always, you can email us with questions or concerns. We love to hear from you!

Fated: The No, YOU Tell It! Fall Workshop


We recently wrapped up our fall workshop, where participants followed the NYTI formula of drafting a story based on a theme, in this instance Fated, revising those pieces, then switching-up and performing them. We’re grateful to The Astoria Bookshop for hosting the public reading. A final workshop session allowed the authors to compare their experiences and explore options for further revisions.

Speaking of the process, here’s a testimonial from May Flam about her experience:

I had no idea how valuable switched-up storytelling would be for my writing and performing. I decided to take the workshop to “shake up” my performing voice and make myself write. As someone who has only ever performed my own stories, I was enlightened when performing a piece with a different sensibility and tone than my usual writing. The vulnerability and immediacy with which I had to perform showed me that before this workshop, I had been holding back. I would recommend this workshop to anyone interested in writing and/or performing. No, YOU Tell It’s writing exercises, performance direction, and workshop model have honestly been more helpful to my growth as a performer than any other model I’ve ever tried. And all by telling another person’s story. Who knew?

From the reading at the Astoria Bookshop, here’s Cailean O’Connor performing “A Painless Chronicle” written by May Flam.

Our second half of the night paired workshop participants Steve Baird and Amanda Jacklin, who wrote the stories “Animal Rescue” and “Journey to the Top” respectively. Below you can listen as they perform one another’s pieces.

Of the workshop experience, here’s what Amanda had to say:

I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to work with talented writing instructors and classmates, and feel that my writing improved as a result.  I also had a blast doing the reading – it was more fun than I ever would have expected!

Echoing those sentiments, Steve said that “NYTI was a fun, enjoyable process with a very supportive group of directors and writers. As a first-time story writer (and teller) I learned a lot.”

If you’re interested in taking part in an upcoming workshop, or bringing one to your school or business, get in touch with us!

Storytelling Workshop in Astoria

We had such a terrific time with our Alumni reading at the Astoria Bookshop that we’ve gone ahead and planned a storytelling workshop in our favorite neighborhood. Maybe that’s something you’d be interested in attending? Sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons beginning September 7th, and the five-week workshop includes a public reading at the bookstore. We are finalizing our participants but still have space if you want to take part. Further details, including times, fees, and all the fine print, can be found here on Facebook or by emailing us

Looking ahead, our next proper storytelling show, Wild Card, will take place on September 17th. More info to come.