Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms and the New York Times bestselling author of If You Feel Too Much. He was born in Morehead City, North Carolina and grew up in Melbourne Beach, Florida, where he fell in love with surfing. In 2002 at the age of 22, Jamie was hired by the clothing brand Hurley to be their Florida Sales Rep. Jamie’s life changed in 2006 when he met Renee Yohe and wrote a story called “To Write Love on Her Arms.” He posted the story on MySpace and began selling TWLOHA t-shirts as a way to help pay for Renee’s treatment. The surprising response to both the story and the shirts led to TWLOHA becoming a non-profit organization. Fast forward 11 years and the TWLOHA team has responded to 200,000 messages from people in 100 countries, in addition to giving two million dollars to treatment and recovery.
Jamie spends much of his time on the road, sharing a message of encouragement and hope with audiences at universities, concerts and conferences across America. His work has taken him to Australia, the United Kingdom, India, and Iraq. Jamie has been interviewed by CNN, NBC Nightly News, CBS Sunday Morning, and Rolling Stone Magazine. A proud uncle, Jamie is also a lifelong surfer, basketball fan, and music lover. He continues to live in Melbourne Beach, Florida.
“It’s rare that I’m truly inspired by what life brings to my front door. Meeting Jamie was one of these rare moments. He has the biggest heart and when he says the words ‘You matter,’ you believe him.”Alex Morgan, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
“We hired Jamie when he was 22 years old to be our Florida Sales Rep. That decision surprised a lot of people. When he left the company at 26 to start TWLOHA, people were equally surprised. It’s rare in life when one knows without a shadow of doubt what they are meant to be doing on this planet. It’s been incredible to watch Jamie’s journey unfold.”Bob Hurley, Founder of Hurley
“There are people that say they care for others. And then there are those that do care. Then there is Jamie, who breathes love.”Propaganda, hip-hop artist and spoken word poet
“It’s impossible not to feel it deep in your guts when Jamie writes or speaks. His vivid honesty about the human condition always leaves me simultaneously inspired and feeling less alone.”Keltie Knight, TV personality