Andrea Askowitz

Author & Teacher

About Andrea

Photo by Stephanie Howard

Hi! Thank you for coming to my website.

I’m a writer who likes to tell stories out loud. I love writing because writing helps me figure out how I think and why I do the shit I do. I love telling stories to other people because in those moments, I feel connected.   
My work has appeared or aired in venues including The New York TimesSalon, Slate, The RumpusHuffington PostGlamourAEONThe WriterManifest-StationMutha, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, PBS, and the anthologies, Looking QueerAll that Glitters, and forthcoming, Stained: An Anthology of Writing About Menstruation.
I’m the author of the memoir My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy and the Editor of Badass: True Stories, The Double Album.
In 2006, I created Lip Service, true stories out loud. Four times a year, eight people told a story on our stage. There is a hunger for true stories and our little show that started at Books & Books in Miami, grew to fill a 600-seat theater and earned a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Award. After nine years, I retired from Lip Service, which is now produced by the Miami Book Fair.
I’m now Executive Producer and Host of the podcast Writing Class Radio. We air true, personal stories and give tips on how to write stories. We started in 2015 and will soon reach one million downloads.
I write, teach writing, and produce a podcast about writing. I also spend a lot of time riding my bike. Joyce Maynard, one of my favorite writers and teachers, says physical activities, like knitting or chopping wood, get your mind to work while you’re not paying attention. So, I bike almost every day. Someone might say I’m having fun, but I’m actually working.

I’ve just finished my second memoir currently titled The Day I Shut Up for Love. It’s a love story about a woman whose need for attention threatens to ruin her life. I’m currently between agents, so if you’re an agent, please call.

I live with my wife, Victoria, and kids: Tashi, Sebastian, Zeus, and Octavia.

That’s some of my story. Thank you for reading.


I founded Lip Service, which I produced for 9 years every quarter to audiences 600 people strong. 9 years. 40 shows. 300 stories. 2,600 story submissions. Lip Service is a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Award-winning show. In October 2016, I left Lip Service in the hands of the Miami Book Fair.