November 9, 2018

I'm very excited to announce that my new book is now available. I founded India's longest-running live true storytelling event series and we've selected twenty of our favorite stories and created this collection of amazing non-fiction. Adapted from our live show, the s...

September 13, 2017

(This story was delivered live as part of Tall Tales on September 10th, 2017. Tall Tales is India’s longest-running live true storytelling event series. More online at

I want to tell you a story about the most intimate moment of my life. It was July 17th...

July 24, 2017

I recently got a book that hasn’t left my writing desk since. It’s called Hack Into Your Creativity: Story Prompts For Every Type of Writer by Michael Burns. I’ll confess, the title seemed wrong to me. I don’t want a book that’ll show me how to hack into my creativity....

June 28, 2017

My new book, Hack into Your Creativity, is a collection of all kinds of story prompts for writers. From drama and comedy based starters to integration and visually inspired prompts, the book is full of creative mental and literary exercises that will even stimulate wri...

June 18, 2017

My new book, Hack Into Your Creativity, is a resource for writers in all kinds of ways. It’s an idea generator, a source of encouragement, a guide, and (if you look closely) a hint at the fundamental universal structure that underpins every memorable story. I also wrot...

May 31, 2017

Click here for the book's Amazon page

Love writing prompts? Me too. But not all writing prompt collections are created equal. In my research over the last two years, I've found that sometimes prompts (and their writers) seem more interested in drawing attention to thems...

April 17, 2017

What is a gift in true storytelling and why is it awesome?  If you've taken my workshop or read any of my books then you know how much I love gifts in non-fiction stories. A storytelling gift is when you teach the audience one thing throughout the course of a story. An...

April 17, 2017

Find out why I love being a writing coach and how I see the relationship between the two of us as well as the different writing stages where people pursue coaching. Also, find out about my unique take on writer's block.

Almost exactly 20 years ago, I arrived in Los Angeles in the month of June. I had received my doctorate from UC Berkeley in May and had turned 26 in February. That summer, I found a small apartment in Silver Lake and began preparing for a new career as a professor at U...

April 17, 2017

Very excited to see my new book, Hack into Your Creativity: Story Starters for Every Type of Writers, on sale via Penguin next month. It's a book of writing prompts done in a new way, with seven different categories to match your specific tastes and designed to exercis...

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On my recent projects I've worked with two extremely talented artists whose work is well worth checking out.

Kruttika Susarla

Vivek Nag

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