Xiaonan helps us use our free Google Ad Words to spread the good word about Uptown Stories.
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Xiaonan Jia is a marketing strategist, a design researcher, and a constantly curious storyteller. She believes in the power of good storytelling and promotes different formats of storytelling. Xiaonan can speak Chinese, English, Korean, and she is learning Dutch now.
The Anthologester helps edit and layout the print anthology published at the conclusion of each semester.
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Karina teaches us the wonders of Adobe InDesign so we can publish our incredible anthologies.
Karina Granda is an Art Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers where she designs Young Adult and Middle Grade novels, as well as the occasional Picture Book. She has worked on numerous New York Times bestsellers including The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black, Internment by Samira Ahmed, The Magic Misfits series by Neil Patrick Harris, Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. When not making books, she likes to take walks around her Bushwick neighborhood, visit museums, watch reality TV, and read Yelp reviews for her next eating adventure. You can find her work at karinagranda.com.
Do you live uptown and like talking to your local business owners? Help connect with folks who are interested in sponsoring a workshop or contributing to Uptown Stories.
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Katya helps analyze our registration tables, and communicates the trends in our program data in an accessible way.
Katya Johns has always been enamored with communication of all types – be it written, visual or data. She graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Government and English, which she combined in the pursuit of political journalism, before turning to the world of business and finance. A native New Yorker, uptown girl and wannabe writer, Katya found immediate resonance with Uptown Stories’ mission and model.
Help us communicate with your school’s administration, literacy teachers, PTA, and parent community.
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Ellen selects excerpts from every student’s published writing to share with online and with the wider Uptown Stories community.
Ellen is a historian, educator, and media producer currently directing New York University’s master’s degree program in Archives and Public History. In her prior work at American Social History Project (based at the City University of New York), she designed and led professional development programs serving New York City public school social studies teachers, created and consulted on curriculum development projects, and developed digital projects for educators and the public. She served as supervising editor of the textbook Who Built America?: Working People and the Nation’s History, Volume One: To 1877 (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008) and is the author of The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess: Race, Culture, and America’s Most Famous Opera (University of North Carolina, 2012). Her daughter Susannah is an avid participant in Uptown Stories workshops.
Granter of Wishes
As the granter of wishes, you will help us by writing a single grant to keep US going strong.
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Help organize special events like “Saturday Write Live,” soliciting food and drink donations from local businesses and helping to run the party.
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Communicate with local media and develop relationships, spreading the word about our pay-what-you-can program. Skills: excellent telephone and email etiquette, experience writing effective press releases
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Social Media Savant
As a Savant, Julia knows just what to share with our followers – everything from writing excerpts to nerdy fun facts… we have yet to find something she doesn’t know.
Julianna is a lover of all things art, and is happy to be a helping hand at Uptown Stories.
Assuring all voices can be heard here at Uptown.
Natalie Legros is a Haitian-American native of Washington Heights. She started learning Spanish in middle school and went on to major in Spanish at Haverford College. (She also studied linguistics and Chinese.) She has translated for online newspapers, non-profit organizations, and media companies. In May, she will earn her Master’s degree in Translation from Kent State University. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, listening to music, baking, and being a foodie!
Any Day Worker bee
If you love crossing things off your list (and other people’s lists), being an Any Day Worker Bee is for you.
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See what parents, teachers and students have to say about Uptown Stories.
I think Sofia's writing has become clearer, stronger and more sophisticated, both in what she's written for the writing class, and what she's written for school assignments. Uptown Stories has helped her tune in to her writing in a way she was not doing before.
Our daughter’s writing has improved in that it now includes more descriptive sentences which flow really well. Her story written in class was very descriptive with many details and very easy to follow.
We did a game where we wrote something on a piece of paper and passed it around so that the others could add onto it. That was my favorite thing we did at Uptown Stories, because we ended up with a funny story at the end.
The quality of teaching is superb. The teachers have the chance to get to know each child, and, due to the small class size, the feedback is very specific. Also, witnessing the other children critique the writing is remarkable - the children are kind and respectful, but very honest. This format that no doubt aids the children in their confidence and skills as writers.
I love the teaching style, because it allows the student to dig into what they may be having trouble reaching by themselves. I believe that 'less is more' is the way to go, but as an effective teaching technique it’s not easy to achieve.
Uptown Stories definitely helped me grow as a writer: I now add details without thinking twice and know what I struggle in as well as what my stronghold is. Being in an environment that I feel comfortable about sharing my writing in has also helped.
Thank you for providing such a creative, nurturing haven for budding writers! In this age of tweets, texts, and fast communication, it is wonderful that our children have the opportunity to stop, think, and write.
Our daughter is much more excited about sharing her work and is willing to make changes to see what happens. She is not just automatically wed to the first way it comes out; instead, she has a much more serious commitment to the process and her standards are much higher.
As far as I can tell, the quality of teaching is superb. While I can't describe exactly what goes on in the classes, I don't think I need to either. The effect the classes have had on our son speaks for itself and the readings are the icing on the cake. It’s part of being a writer, after all, which means they are able to exercise skills that they will need to develop
I think my daughter has a greater appreciation for the process of writing, rather than just wanting to finish something so it's done and can be turned in. She takes great pride in what she's written and I think the creative process that has been encouraged in the class has helped her open up as a person. She is starting to recognize the importance of being able to write and the value of being able to write well.
Our daughter has become more aware of what a writer wants to convey in a story when she reads, because of her new understanding of who writers are. She pays attention to what the writer wants the readers to get from a story and how they use different techniques to accomplish their goal, many of them similar to the ones she is learning herself at Uptown Stories.
Uptown Stories offers a stimulating and encouraging refuge and outlet for her students. The weekly assignments offer different approaches for my son to consider how to tell his stories and how to develop his characters. They also offer insights into their own creative process while also providing ways for him to learn about the structure and forms that contribute to storytelling.
It's an outlet for a lot of feelings I don't really have anywhere to express otherwise. It feels like a private space for me that I only I can really understand--no one other than me really knows what I mean in what I write. Writing helps me express to other people feelings I wouldn't know how to tell in another manner.