Uptown Stories Seeks Teaching Artists
Uptown Stories, a federally approved non-profit creative writing program in Washington Heights, is hiring rock-star writing teachers to develop and lead new after school workshops. We are looking for teachers who write terrific curriculum, who are dynamic and engaging in the classroom, who are self-reliant and responsible, who can differentiate instruction for different ages and different abilities, who enjoy teaching middle-school aged kids (8-14), and who, most of all, feel passionate about the craft and the art of writing.
We want our teachers to follow their passions, and we’re open to any genre or form — if you have a great idea, tell us about it. All classes should be structured primarily as workshops, where the students read and discuss each other’s writing, creating a community of young authors. Workshops meet on a ten-week cycle, with nine two-hour-long classes followed by a celebratory reading in the evening for friends and family. To ensure our workshops are accessible to all children, families pay tuition at a self-determined rate, from $500 for full tuition to $1.
Teachers are expected to help set up and break down the classroom space, to email weekly writing assignments to families and post them on the website, and to be available by email during the week for questions from students. Uptown Stories will handle enrollment, billing, space rental, and provide materials and snacks.
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring semester, workshops meet for two hours, once a week, for ten weeks (20 hours). During the Summer semester, workshops meet from 10:00AM-2:00PM Monday-Friday for one week (20 hours).
Applicants must have professional experience teaching middle-school aged children ages 8-14 and be practicing writers or artists in their field.
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.