Nonfiction | Workshop

6-Week Nonfiction Workshop: The Stage & the Page

A workshop for writers who’ve considered getting behind a microphone, and storytellers who’ve considered writing their stories down. For writers, telling your story on stage helps you to distill it into its most fundamental pieces, while also giving you a useful tool for engaging with real-life audiences. For storytellers, writing your story helps you develop nuance, while giving you a path to reach a broader audience online or in print. Each mode informs the other, and mastering both makes you undeniable.

Our study will focus on crafting for both the stage and the page, with particular focus given to what can only be done in each form, and how to use experiences with one to leverage creative growth in the other. Students will have the chance to workshop a stage story and a written story, ideally different takes on the same narrative. The class will end with a seventh session, a live storytelling show at a location TBD.

Tim Manley

Tim Manley is a writer, storyteller, and educator. He is the co-creator, co-director, and writer of The Feels, an online show about a bi guy with too many feelings; the writer and illustrator of Alice in Tumblr-land, published by Penguin and optioned for TV by 20th Century Fox; a storyteller featured on HBO's Girls, The Moth Radio Hour, Gimlet's Surprisingly Awesome, and in his FringeFAVE solo show, Feelings; and an educator with New York City's Showcase Schools program and elsewhere. He is online at @timtimmanley and


"Tim Manley is a singular storyteller who brings both humor and humanity to the stage. Audiences immediately connect with his honest presence and are left both laughing and deeply touched by his insights."

Jen Lee The Moth Radio Hour and Mainstage, director of INDIE KINDRED

"Experiencing Tim Manley is like floating on a marzipan boat with a basket of kittens down a marshmallow river."

Peter Aguero host of The Moth StorySLAM, DADDY ISSUES

"Tim Manley is a dedicated and encouraging instructor. He will inspire you to be a better writer, performer, and overall person."

former student