Welcome to

Uptown Stories!

Empowering young people to write their own stories since 2014.

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Young Writers

Every donation supports our Pay-What-You-Can tuition policy.


Romance Unleashed

Are you Team Peeta or Team Gale? Team Conrad or Team Jeremiah? We’ll teach you how to woo your readers and leave them wanting more.

Comic Books: Art of the Origin Story

We’ll delve into the process of creating comic book characters with crazy, sad, exciting, intense, complicated, and most of all, fascinating backstories.

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.
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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!

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Students of
the Sidewalk

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

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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!

I front 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!

I wrote Hanazuki, a book series based on the Hasbro YouTube series, and I have twin boys!

Dorkys Ramos

Fun Facts About Me!

When I’m not at US, I spend my time painting and illustrating!

Miss Lasko-Gross

Fun Facts About Me!

I’m the creator/writer of Z2 comics’ science fiction series THE SWEETNESS

Alejandra Ramos Riera

Fun Facts About Me!

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

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