Welcome to

Uptown Stories!

Empowering young people to write their own stories since 2014.


Writing and Drawing Comic Books

Get ready to run faster and jump higher, one frame at a time! Together we’re taking your stories and transforming them into comics. You’ll take an ordinary day (or the wildest story you can imagine) and use comic-book language, illustration, and frames to share with everyone the next super-adventure.

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.
Attending Kids
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.

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Meet Our Teachers!

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

Jane LeCroy

Fun Facts About Me!

Jane fronts the band The Icebergs and was a part of Sister Spit, the famed west coast women’s poetry troupe!

Stacy Davidowitz

Fun Facts About Me!

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

Dorkys Ramos

Fun Facts About Me!

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

Miss Lasko-Gross

Fun Facts About Me!

Miss once played a zombie in a low-budget horror movie.

Alejandra Ramos Riera

Fun Facts About Me!

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

Luis Rivera Figueroa

Fun Facts About Me!

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

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Our Supporters

Bring Uptown Stories to Your School or Organization

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Join Our Community!

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