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

Nov - Dec

Norway next, for an Arctic patrol with the Norwegian Coast Guard

May - June

Fieldwork in Tokyo for an upcoming Nat Geo story

Aug - Sept

Headed to Ellesmere Island to work on a story about Arctic wolves!


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


Signed a 10-episode podcast deal with Stitcher. Coming next year…more soon!


TEDx talk
@ Emory University

words / pictures

short true stories + collaborations