Writer, filmmaker, teacher.

neil shea


Neil Shea is a writer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. His stories regularly appear in National Geographic, and he's a contributing editor with The Virginia Quarterly Review and The American Scholar. He's also a creative consultant and teacher, and his clients have included Instagram, PBS, and Fork Films. See his recent TEDx talk here on innovative storytelling.



features / tv/ web


innovative storytelling


Shea writes one of those pieces that transcends the politics about the war and simply tells the kind of story people will read years from now.
— Kate Palmer, Foreign Policy

teaching + speaking

classes, workshops, conferences



events, travels, projects


Big news! Signed a podcast deal with Stitcher. 10 episodes, more soon...

Februrary 2018

TEDx talk
@ Emory University

May - June

Fieldwork in Tokyo for an upcoming Nat Geo story

December 2017

New wildlife doc series approved. I'll be writing a 3-part show on wolves.


A fun look at my IG work over at Adventure.com 


Fieldwork in the Arctic for an upcoming story

words / pictures

short true stories + collaborations