February 01, 2015
I’m traveling West this week to the headquarters of Instagram, to present a second storytelling workshop to their talented crew. Peter Gwin and I will be talking about how narratives form in our minds long before we realize it, and how pictures and words can work together most effectively.
Nowhere Stories: Kakuma
October 31, 2014
Headed to northern Kenya this month to begin work on a documentary project at the Kakuma refugee camp. Check out my Instagram for stories about the people we’re working with.
Encounters with the Great War
September 18, 2014
This winter, while I was holed up against blizzards on Cape Cod, Bruce Falconer and I started talking about World War One. The centennial was approaching, and we’re nerds on the subject, so it became the kind of awesome, meandering conversation that seems somehow rarer, even though it spread across every latest connection—text, facebook, email, voicemail, snail mail. The result appears now in the autumn issue of The American Scholar, an essay in which we explore how the war speaks across a century, beyond death. Thanks to Bruce, Editor Bob Wilson, and the Imperial War Museum for the spark and the space to explore. I wasn’t sure at first how to begin this one, so I let Claude Monet’s cathedrals—his quantum visions from Rouen—lead me in.
Instagram Storytelling Workshop
September 05, 2014
Heading to Instagram headquarters outside San Francisco tomorrow to present a workshop on writing short stories. Thrilled to be collaborating with Peter Gwin, my editor and pal at National Geographic, and Pam Chen, Instagram’s editorial director. Peter and I will spend two days talking with the Instagram team about how words and photographs work together, and how stories are made. Can’t wait to get out there.
Back to Kenya
April 16, 2014
I’ll be returning to Kenya soon with Randy Olson to continue fieldwork on our Lake Turkana story for National Geographic. I’ve set up an Instagram page to share photos of our journey; some shots from August’s trip are already there. Visit me there: instagram.com/neilshea13. More soon!