Fall Workshops 2022

Fall 2022 Writing Workshops

Just because summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean the fun has to! Every one of our fall workshops are chockfull of fun, friends and writing what’s next. Tell your story through poetry or comics, fiction or essays – the choice is yours. Just grab your pen and let’s get writing!

As always, our tuition is Pay-What-You-Can (seriously!), and all our young writers will be published in and receive a free copy of our Fall 2022 Anthology. Don’t wait – register now before our workshops are sold out!

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Please note, students must have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to the start date. We are following state and federal guidelines for COVID-19. All of our teachers are vaccinated. Masks are no longer required for outside classes, and are no longer required when in our classrooms, but are mandatory in common areas of the Cornerstone Center. If you have questions, please email us at info@uptownstories.org.

178 Bennett Avenue
Starts 9/19, Mondays, 4-6PM
If you can’t wait to turn the page, the writer has succeeded in telling you a great story. What does it take to develop characters, settings, dialogue, and plot elements that have you on the edge of your seat? This workshop answers those questions and more! We’ll breakdown the parts of fiction writing each week and test out what we’ve learned with some on-the-spot writing. You’ll work with your peers, too – giving advice and feedback...

This workshop is sold out

178 Bennett Avenue
Starts 9/19, Mondays, 4-6PM
At the Young Men's Project, we’re looking for answers to questions many guys are wrestling with… What does it mean to “be a man” in the world? Can I be masculine and emotional? Fierce and kind? Athletic and artistic? Answers to these kinds of questions differ depending on who’s asking - friends, family, teachers - we don’t want to be judged, or bullied, or defined. We want to know: How do I just be me? YMP is where we’re going...
178 Bennett Avenue
Starts 10/4, Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30PM
We’re calling on the brave and bold for a writing adventure! This semester we’ll be writing stories that have multiple choices for the reader - different storylines lead them down alternative paths or to alternative endings. We’ll take inspiration from a few examples like Jason Shiga’s Meanwhile and Ryan North’s To be or not to be, then we’ll build worlds of our own. We’ll dig into key writing techniques and learn some new approaches while we forge our own way – whether it...
178 Bennett Avenue
Starts 9/20, Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30PM
Let’s journey into the deepest, darkest corners of our minds, where our imaginations make us shiver, squirm, and silently scream. Yes, we’ll be writing our own page-turning horror stories and screenplays, the kind that make your pulse raise and your hair stand on end. We’ll visit works by masters of the genre, like Edgar Allen Poe, Shirley Jackson, and Stephen King, while discovering newer voices like Steven Graham Jones, Victor LaValle, and Carmen Maria Machado. And because horror...
178 Bennett Avenue
Starts 9/21, Wednesdays, 4-6PM
Middle School
Girls, we’re facing challenges we haven’t seen in more than two generations. Our roles as women – in the home, at work, as citizens – is all at once advancing and retracting, driven by forces that may seem beyond our control. In the face of all that is going on around us, we can say this with all certainty: your voice is the answer to what comes next.
600 W 168th St (@Broadway)
Thursdays 3:45-5:15PM
High School
Girls, it’s time to let your voice be heard! Come write, discuss, and revel in what you love, in what inspires you, and discover how you’re going to change the world. From politics to body image to #metoo, we’ll be tackling what it means to be an empowered young woman right now. Any and all kinds of writing are welcome - from real-life to poems to fiction...
178 Bennett Avenue
Starts 9/22, Thursdays, 4-6PM
For many of us, picture books are what first sparked a lifelong joy for reading and crafting stories. From Max's wild rumpus to Sam-I-am's obsession with green eggs and ham, these books stay in our hearts long after the last page has been read. In this bilingual workshop, we'll revisit our favorite children's books through the eyes of a writer and illustrator, getting to the bottom of what makes some books so memorable. Then we'll...
PS187 Schoolyard, Fort Tryon
Starts 9/23, Fridays, 4-6PM
Tired of being inside? Do you want to be wild and/ break out of the limitations that are always being set? Poetry is the answer. We’re strapping on our shoes and grabbing our pens, then meeting at the PS187 school yard to go on a poet’s adventure! Poetry is a way of seeing things outside the boxes they are always being put in. We’ll be rejuvenated by the nature of Ft. Tryon park and emboldened by our resilient neighborhood. We’ll...
178 Bennett Avenue
Starts 9/24, Saturdays, 1-3PM
We welcome you to Snobby Poetry, should you be up for the challenge. We’re a self-motivated, uber-supportive band of misfits who read, write, and share poems. We love words, rhyme (only when used sparely, thank you), observation, and Walt Whitman (obviously.) Poetry is an illogical measuring device, filled with seemingly impossible comparisons and instructions; that is why we are called to write it. We are the liars who tell the truth. If this...