Uptown Stories Seeks Teaching Artists

Uptown Stories, a non-profit creative writing program in Washington Heights, is hiring rock-star writing teachers to develop and lead new workshops. We are looking for teachers who design 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 or art, creating a community of young authors. All workshops end with a celebratory reading for friends and family at the WordUp Community Bookstore, and publication in a print anthology, so every child leaves our program as a published author. To ensure our workshops are accessible to all children, tuition is pay-what-you-can, from $600 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.

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