Dear Uptown Stories Family,
With the temperature rising and the sprinklers turning on, many of you have been asking about our summer workshop plans. And while we genuinely hate to disappoint you, we’ve decided to do something different this summer.
When the pandemic shut down New York City last March, the Uptown Stories staff sprung into action, adapting and improvising so we could continue supporting our young writers. We recognized how scared, isolated, and confused they were (how all of us were), but we believed we had the capacity to help them write their way through it. In fact, demand for our workshops was so high, we ultimately offered 14 more workshops than we originally planned, serving over 500 children. We are grateful that during such a difficult year, we have had the support of our community.
However, after being stuck in wartime-mode for over a year, we need to give our staff some space to reflect, regroup, and plan for the future. To that end, we have decided not to offer workshops this summer. We will be back in the fall, stronger and rested and better able support our families.
While we won’t be offering workshops, we will still be busy. Aside from catching up on our anthology printing, we’ll be launching the long-awaited Uptown Ink, our new online publication for student work. We’ll also be planning for the fall, when our workshops will return, including Girls Rising, It’s Your Thing, Poetry Outside, and Hero’s Journey.
Until then, keep writing what’s next! Every word you put on a page is a step toward the world you envision for yourself. Thank you for your support and understanding, and we’ll see you in September!