Welcome to

Uptown Stories!

Empowering young people to write their own stories since 2014.

It's Our

Birthday!

We're celebrating thousands of young writers, hundreds of

workshops, and more than 16,000 anthology pages.

And writing whatever comes next, of course!

01/05

Break a Leg!

In just four short weeks, we’ll become master scene writers, creating our own riveting monologues or two or three person scenes. We will find inspiration for our characters from music, current events, and even the things around us!

What the Flip Books

We’re going back to the roots of animation, using just watercolors, ink, pencils, and the magic of flip books. Then we’ll break down movements of the illustrated stories we want to tell, bringing our vibrant worlds to life in our own amazing flip books.

All Workshops

Uptown Stories offers workshops for fiction writing, poetry, writing & drawing comic books, and so much more!

We empower young people to write their own stories.

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Every child should experience the joy of writing—with no financial barriers.
3,000+
Attending Kids
300+
Workshops
16,000
Pages of Student Work Published

Read Our Stories

Check out our beautiful anthologies, as well as our digital magazine, Uptown Ink, and other fantastic student writing projects. And yes, all our students are published authors and artists!

Uptown Ink

Discover our online magazine filled with new fiction, poetry, essays, comics, and news articles from our writers. Want to contribute? Submit your work to Uptown Ink!

Take a Look!

Students of
the Sidewalk

A project by the students of Columbia Secondary School, full of articles that inform, inspire, and make you laugh.

Take a Look!

Untold Uptown

A joint collective of youth in NYC who are using their voices to empower and take on different issues prominent throughout the city.

Take a Look!

Meet Our Teachers!

Master teachers and artists are at the core of Uptown Stories. Learn about who they are, and what they love!

Stacy Davidowitz

Stacy
Fun Facts About Me!

Stacy once sang the National Anthem solo for a NY Jets game! She was 16 at the time.

Dorkys Ramos

Dorkys
Fun Facts About Me!

When she's not at US, Dorkys spends her time painting and illustrating!

Dave Roman

Dave
Fun Facts About Me!

Dave is a former editor at Nickelodeon Magazine, current editor for First Second’s Science Comics and History Comics series...and he loves waffles!

Alejandra Ramos Riera

Alejandra
Fun Facts About Me!

Alejandra achieved a 2021 Emmy nod for Voice Over Actress in La Cucarachita Martina’s Musical Adventure!

Nicholas Forker

Nicholas
Fun Facts About Me!

Nicholas worked as a production specialist in Takashi Murakami and Frederico Solmi’s studios!

Luis Rivera Figueroa

Luis
Fun Facts About Me!

Luis’ first job was at Cold Stone Creamery where he performed mini ice cream ball juggling shows while preparing orders!

Are you looking to teach, intern, or volunteer?
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See how you can get involved with Uptown Stories.

Our Supporters

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Join Our Community!

Get information on workshops and events, plus great work from our posse of young writers.