Writer, filmmaker, teacher.


Teaching + Speaking


Neil teaches creative writing and journalism, conducts workshops on innovative storytelling techniques, and gives presentations on writing and travel. 

Here are some of the schools, companies, and conferences he's worked with.



C o u r s e s

Boston University
foreign reporting
intro to journalism

Sewanee, The University of the South
creative non-fiction

Furman University
creative non-fiction

P u b l i c    S p e a k i n g

The Seoul Digital Forum; Seoul, S. Korea

Chandelier Creative; SoHo NYC

The Power of Narrative Conference; Boston

The AWP Conference; Washington D.C.

The L.Ink Festival; Bari, Italy

W o r k s h o p s

Instagram HQ; Menlo Park

The Nieman Foundation; Harvard University

Passion Passport / Cathay Pacific Airways

The Dreyfoos School for the Arts; West Palm Beach


Nat Geo: Live!

Washington, D.C. | March 28, 2019

I’ll be onstage at National Geographic HQ with photographer David Guttenfelder to talk about how we explored Tokyo—the world’s largest city—on foot for a special issue of the magazine.

Join us. More details soon.




TEDx at Emory

Emory University, Atlanta | February 24, 2018

"Standing Still in the Stream: Empathy, Wonder, and the Power of Short Stories"