FAQs

What is Uptown Stories' tax information?

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


How do I register?

Please visit our workshops page for detailed class descriptions and links to register.


What is the tuition for a workshop?

Full tuition for our 12-week workshops is $800. For shorter workshops, the tuition varies depending on length. However, we are dedicated to keeping our program accessible to any student who is interested in participating, and offer a Pay-What-You-Can Tuition option for every workshop. We never ask for proof of need, we only ask that families pay as much as they can towards the full tuition. You will see the option to fill in the amount you would like to pay on the registration form. If you have any questions, please email register@uptownstories.org.

Are there other ways to help?

Yes! There are lots of things you can do to support us, and ideas can be found under Get Involved.

Do you accept donations?

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.


Do you offer individual tutoring or homework help?

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.


Can my child try a class before registering?

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 59% of our students keep coming back semester after semester, and if you give us twelve weeks, we’re betting your child will love our teachers and writing as much as we do.


Do you offer summer workshops?

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


Do you offer in-school workshops?

Yes! We are a registered vendor with the New York City Department of Education and offer a variety of in-school programming tailored to your school's needs. For more information, submit the Bring US to Your School online form.

Is my child too young? Too old?

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. Depending on the workshop and your child's age and ability, we are flexible.

Please reach out to us at register@uptownstories.org for more information.

When are your workshops?

We offer workshops 12-week workshops in the Spring and Fall. For Winter and Summer, our workshops vary in length. Please check out our current workshops and join our mailing list to get detail about new classes as soon as they’re available.

Can my child transfer to a different workshop?

Absolutely! Send us an email at register@uptownstories.org or call us at 929-277-8679 and we’ll take care of the rest.


What is your refund and cancellation policy?

In the event that you need to cancel your registration, please send us an email to register@uptownstories.org as soon as possible.

If your child is registered for a workshop and unable to attend, and it is more than 48 hours before the first class, we will either credit you the full amount paid towards a future workshop, or refund 50% of the amount paid. If it is less than 48 hours before the first class, we will issue you a credit for the amount paid towards a future workshop.

For first-time students only: If your child attends the first class of the workshop they are registered for and doesn’t want to return, we will issue a full credit for a future workshop or refund the total amount paid. No refund will be issued after the first class.

I don't want to pay online. May I pay by check, money order, or cash?

Yes! We accept all forms of payment. 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, just send your payments to the address below. Please make all checks and money orders out to Uptown Stories, Inc.

Uptown Stories
178 Bennett Avenue
New York, NY 10040

May I pay in installments?

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.

Is your program free?

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 towards the full tuition. If you are unable to pay full tuition, please consider the most you can afford before choosing your tuition payment.