It’s Your Thing

The difference between a good writer and a great writer is the willingness to step outside your comfort zone; this workshop will push you towards greatness. Regardless of your preferred writing genre – and we welcome them all – we gather with two goals in mind: improving our own writing and supporting each other. In short, we’re here to work.

During the first half of the workshop, you’ll be challenged with advanced craft exercises, playing with voice, point-of-view, challenging word counts, and unreliable narrators, among others. We’ll also bulk up your toolkit by reading and analyzing excerpts by amazing writers like George Saunders, Flannery O’Connor, Roxanne Gay, and Pete Wells. For the second half of the workshop, we’ll set you free. You’ll take everything you’ve learned and apply it to a single writing project of your choice. Expect to write at least two pages a week on your own time, and share your work with the group every other week.

To sign up for this workshop, you must have either already participated in an Uptown Stories class or get permission from the instructor. Please contact Kate at [email protected] for more information.


*Please note this workshop meets in person, and before it begins on 1/11, guardians will be asked to fill out additional paperwork related to COVID-19 protocols. Thank you!

Kate Reuther

Kate Reuther is the founder and director of Uptown Stories with the mission of providing young writers the chance to discover and develop their inner voices. Over the past ten years, Uptown Stories has offered nearly 200 writing workshops, and championed the voices of more than 1,500 kids in Manhattan’s uptown neighborhoods. Before Uptown Stories, Kate taught middle and high school Humanities for over 25 years, in both public and private schools, including the Tompkins Square Middle School, Calhoun, Fieldston, and Bank Street. Her own fiction has appeared in The Madison Review, Brain Child, Salamander, and The Ledge. Kate is a life-long New Yorker and has been living in Washington Heights since 2003 with her husband and two kids. (she/her/hers)


Tuesdays 5:30-7:30PM


1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22






Kate Reuther




2 pages per week


178 Bennett Avenue