Please visit our workshops page for detailed workshop descriptions and a link to register.

At Uptown Stories, we are dedicated to keeping our program accessible to any student who is interested and offer our workshops with a pay-what-you-can tuition model. We never ask for proof of need, we only ask that families can pay the most they can afford, and we will happily bill your account for the amount you specify. If you have any questions, please email register@uptownstories.org.

No. Uptown Stories is not a free program. In order to keep our workshops accessible to the entire community, our tuition is pay-what-you can. We never ask for proof of need, we only ask that families pay the most that they can afford. If you are unable to pay full tuition, please consider the most you can afford before choosing your tuition payment.

Yes! When you go to register, make sure that you choose the option to pay later before checking out. Send us an email at register@uptownstories.org to let us know how you would like to break up the payments.

  • We accept all forms of payment. Please make all checks out to Uptown Stories, Inc. You can bring your payment (check, money order, or cash) to the first day of the workshop your child will be attending. If you would like to mail a check or money order, please send your payments to the following address:

Uptown Stories
178 Bennett Avenue
New York, NY 10040

In the event that you need to cancel your registration, please send us an email to register@uptownstories.org as soon as possible. If you notify us at least 7 calendar days before the start of a workshop, you will be entitled to a 75% refund. If you cancel during the week before workshop, we will refund you 50% of your tuition. If you fail to notify us before the start of a workshop, you will not receive a refund.

Absolutely! Send us an email at register@uptownstories.org or give us a call at (929)27-STORY and we’ll take care of the rest.

We offer workshops most days of the week after school as well as on Saturdays. All workshops meet for two hours. Please visit our workshops page for more information.

Generally, we accept students from 8-18 years old – and each workshop is designed with a particular age group in mind. You can find age ranges for each of our workshop on the workshops page. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at register@uptownstories.org.

Yes! We are a registered vendor with the New York City Department of Education and currently offer a variety of in-school programming. If you are curious to learn more, please send an email to info@uptownstories.org.

Yes, and they’re amazing! We love the summer! Join our mailing list to get the details as soon as they’re available.

No, but if after registering and attending the first class, your child is unhappy or doesn’t feel like it’s a good fit, we will either help you switch workshops, reserve a credit for a future workshop, or give you a refund. More than 64% of our students keep coming back semester after semester, and if you give us ten weeks, we’re betting your child will love our teachers and writing as much as we do.

No, while we would love to offer tutoring or homework help, we don’t have the space or staffing to accomplish that right now. It’s certainly part of our long-term plan for the future.

Yes, and we’re so happy you asked! We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. If you would like to support us with a monetary donation you can do that here. If you have questions, please email us at donate@uptownstories.org.

Yes! There are lots of things you can do to support us:

  • Create a Facebook donation campaign to benefit Uptown Stories.

  • Ask your employer if they have a matching program for volunteer hours or donations. They may even have a social responsibility mandate or grants Uptown Stories can apply for.

  • Introduce Kate to your rich and powerful friends at kate@uptownstories.org.

  • Exercise your writing muscle and leave us a glowing review on Yelp, Great Nonprofits, or Facebook!

  • Check out our Small Jobs Squad volunteer page and sign up for a teeny task. Enjoy the newfound fame from having your bio and photo in our gallery.

More ideas can be found on under What You Can Do – thanks for asking!

Uptown Stories is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, EIN: 46-52778