Writer, Educator, Creator of Learning To Quote Myself and Leader of The New York Writing Club
"I can't teach you anything, but I can tell you about the things I've learnt."
Damien Tillman is an author, educator, social entrepreneur, and workshop designer from Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Hunter College, earning degrees in Media Studies and Creative Writing as a double major; Damien’s unique analytical perspective shines in his writing. He also holds a master’s degree in Childhood Education from The City College of New York and is looking to acquire a Ph.D. in the same field. When he isn’t working with people in low opportunity environments, Damien leads the New York Writing Club, a diverse meetup group with over four thousand members where he designs and facilitates writing workshops.
Damien is a staunch believer in artists being entrepreneurs. He has been featured at open mics for the Poets Settlement and Great Weather for Media. His interview with Second Saturday TV is available on his website www.DamienTillman.com.
"I care about originality. I want to bring new ideas to the writing community and do things that have never been done before. I want to add to the collective understanding of writing as an art form. To do that, I explore my creativity, take chances, and try to express myself honestly.
I'm an independent artist, by choice. I don't want anyone else in control of my work, my thoughts, or my narrative. I want to live by my rules and create however my imagination allows me to. The only way I feel comfortable sharing my work with the world is if I own it and can decide when and how it's shared as well.
I'm investing in myself and working to make my dreams come true. I urge you to take control of your dreams as well."
New York Writing Club Organizer Statement
Artists taking ownership of their work, supporting and respecting other living artists, building community, sharing moments, and challenging one another to push their creativity beyond their perceived limits...
While working on my first book, Learning To Quote Myself, I began looking for a cost-effective workshop that would allow me chances to get feedback on my writing. As an educator and writer, I know the importance of being able to safely share your work in a comfortable learning environment. Getting constructive feedback, developing my craft, being able to listen and learn from others, and understanding that learning happens constantly and can be activated anytime, can only make me a better writer. I joined a few meetup groups and couldn’t find one that I felt comfortable in. Luckily, I came across the New York Writing Club. I quickly noticed how casual the meetings were. The members were interested in getting to know me and what I wrote. I felt no pressure to write on the spot or adhere to a strict format. The members were mature and diverse. The leaders at the time, Cindy and Karuna cultivated a welcoming and supportive group dynamic. I felt like I wanted to stay longer and continue talking and writing.
As time passed, I became more active in the group. In speaking to Cindy and Karuna about writing prompts and different topics for meetings, I mentioned my background in education, facilitation, and workshop design. I volunteered to help in any way if anything was ever needed. They began offering me opportunities to facilitate, lead the feedback section, and create writing prompts. I became a co-organizer of the group. Now I’m leading the group and writing statements on our website, telling others how I got here!
I’m grateful to Rae, Cindy, and Karuna for their hard work, dedication to keeping the New York Writing Club going. Now it’s my turn to take the group even further.
July 10th, 2018