Tell Your Story Campaign: Spotlight on Melissa Petro

“Telling stories is said to increase a person’s agency, giving them the strength to understand their circumstances and make choices about their next steps. It’s true. I changed my life and transitioned out of sex work to become a public school teacher as a result of writing and sharing my story.”

Tell Your Story Campaign: Spotlight on Leah Falk

When people write in the same room at the same time, and when they listen to each other’s writing, a particular alchemy takes place — friendships form, fears are banished, and seemingly ordinary stories gain new importance just by being written down.

NYWC Tell Your Story Campaign returns: Spotlight on Elena Schwolsky

Cosechando Cuentos (Harvesting Stories) brings together immigrant women who are members of worker-owned cooperatives in my neighborhood of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. “Somos todas escritoras!” –we read aloud in Spanish from the principles of the NYWC at our first meeting—and then pens to paper we write and become writers together.

NYWC Tell Your Story Campaign: Spotlight on Colleen

“She writes how it feels to learn, to love, to suffer and to rise above pain. Her writing pushes all of us to explore the same feelings in ourselves. That is art – beautiful powerful art – and that is justice.”

NYWC Tell Your Story Campaign: Spotlight on Rachel Plutzer

“For that hour, these kids belonged. They had a voice. They had support. And it was amazing.”
Rach Plutzer writes about her earliest experiences with creative writing, her visit to New Alternatives, a homeless drop-in center for LGBT Youth, and her own journey as a writer.