Neil Shea



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: More soon!

Writing Lessons

February 06, 2014

A few months ago my friend and editor Bruce Falconer asked me to contribute to a series in The American Scholar where poets, novelists, journalists and others pull up an experience, a memory, or a thread of advice that helped them find their way through words. My piece is up and it’s about how I learned to let stories unfold. It’ll sound familiar; many of you are out there, doing this, every day. There are some great pieces in this series from writers I admire—Paul Salopek, Charles Bowden, David Guterson, who offer fresh insights or remind us of things we may have forgotten.

The After-war

December 10, 2013

This autumn, the editors at The American Scholar asked me to review David Finkel’s new book, “Thank You for Your Service.” The piece, my first book review, appears in the latest issue of the Scholar. Finkel tells a hard, important story, offering a deep view into a war that hasn’t ended and the lives of those who continue to fight it.

Kenya to Boston: ready, set, go

August 29, 2013

Just back from fieldwork in Kenya with photographer Randy Olson, and I can’t believe the fall semester at BU is already upon us. Find photos and notes from our story-in-progress here:

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