Uptown Stories Seeks Teaching Artists
Uptown Stories, a federally approved non-profit creative writing program in Washington Heights, is hiring rock-star writing teachers to develop and lead new after school workshops. We are looking for teachers who write terrific curriculum, who are dynamic and engaging in the classroom, who are self-reliant and responsible, who can differentiate instruction for different ages and different abilities, who enjoy teaching kids within the age range of 8-18 years, and who, most of all, feel passionate about the craft and the art of writing.
We want our teachers to follow their passions, and we’re open to any genre or form — if you have a great idea, tell us about it. All classes should be structured primarily as workshops, where the students read and discuss each other’s writing, creating a community of young authors. Workshops meet on a ten-week cycle, with nine two-hour-long classes followed by a celebratory reading for friends and family. To ensure our workshops are accessible to all children, families pay tuition at a self-determined rate, from $600 for full tuition to $1.
Teachers are expected to help set up and break down the classroom space, to email weekly writing assignments to families and post them on the website, and to be available by email during the week for questions from students. Uptown Stories will handle enrollment, billing, space rental, and provide materials and snacks.
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring semester, workshops meet (in person or via Zoom) for two hours, once a week, for ten weeks (20 hours). For the Summer semester, workshops meet Monday-Friday for 2 weeks, at 10:00AM-12:00PM or 1:00PM-3:00PM (20 hours).
Applicants must have professional experience teaching children within the age range of 8-18, and be practicing writers or artists in their field.
See what parents, teachers and students have to say about Uptown Stories.
The quality of the teaching at Uptown Stories is phenomenal--it is not an exaggeration to say that my daughter's teacher is one of the most important and influential adults in her life, and I couldn't be happier about that.
My daughter took a summer workshop at Uptown Stories. She presented her story at Word Up Bookshop and it was amazing! They even did a Facebook live broadcast for working parents. A great resource in our community and an even better resource for our kids to have a love of writing.
Uptown Stories has given my daughter a voice. She's become a passionate writer who has the skills and opportunities to tell her stories in many ways. We are so grateful for this wonderful organization and its excellent, caring teachers!
Kate and her team of amazing, talented instructors engage the kids in ways I couldn't have imagined. My ADHD child (who gets "bored" in an instant) begs to go back every term. I feel so fortunate to have discovered Uptown Stories for my child.
My 17-year old son has been lucky enough to have this creative outlet in his life since he was in 4th grade and I can honestly say that Uptown Stories has changed his life. I am a big fan of Uptown Stories and its mission to provide a safe space for young writers from all walks of life.
My daughter is 8 years and is doing her second session with uptown stories. She loves it! She has learnt a lot about expressing herself. Teachers are very lively and encouraging. Since it is pay as you can it makes it affordable.