I have always loved writing and telling stories. I come from a long line of tall-tale-tellers and yarn spinners, so maybe its in my DNA.
When I was around 3 years old, I would play with Star Wars figures and record to audio tape the new stories and adventures I came up with. I didn't realize it at the time, but that was my origin story as a writer.
As I grew up, I started to write short stories and essays, and eventually went to film school at NYU where I learned to translate the stories in my head onto paper, and eventually the screen.
Working with and teaching writers (of all ages) is one of my passions too because contrary to the legends of the reclusive writer, my best work comes when done in community and cooperation with others because creativity is contagious. My favorite thing to do is play "what if" with other creative people.
Recently I've been watching my own children develop as storytellers and writers and I am struck to see that, just like me, they really love to use toys as a jumping off point into imagination. I started to read about the intersection of play and eduction, and specifically how play related to writing, and came across this gem, which became the seed from which The Story Store grew: