Category Archives: Workshop

June 3- Latinx in Publishing & Word Up Present: Fiction Workshop with Toni Kirkpatrick

A 3-hour fiction workshop geared toward Latinx students and writers who want to have their fiction closely critiqued by a former acquisitions editor at a major publishing house. Participants will receive feedback from the instructor on how to revise their pieces for publication as well as have their work critiqued by the participating writers. Creative work can be either short stories or beginnings of novels, restricted to 3, 500 word count max.

Ticketed event: $40, 8 slots available deadline to confirm is May 25, 2018. RSVP here:
Toni Kirkpatrick (Toni Margarita Plummer) is a Macondo Fellow, a winner of the Miguel Mármol Prize, and author of the story collection The Bolero of Andi Rowe. A contributor to the anthologiesWise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education and All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color, she has published other short fiction in PALABRA, Kweli, Label Me Latina/o, Origins Online, andRiver River. For more than ten years, Toni worked as an acquisitions editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she enjoyed discovering Latinx writers. Now she is a freelance editor. Visit her websites at and

Latinx in Publishing & Word Up Present: Fiction Workshop with Toni Kirkpatrick
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032


March 15: Participatory Workshop on Immigrant Rights: Dialogue in a Time of Crisis

Join us for a participatory workshop on immigrant rights by the authors of The Politics of Immigration, as well as an information session and update on the sanctuary at Holyrood Episcopal Church, where Amanda Morales Guerra and her children have been housed since August 2017.

We don’t want our family members, friends, and neighbors hauled away and deported. Many of us are actively working to defend community members from deportation, like Ravi Ragbir, leader of the NYC New Sanctuary Coalition, and Amanda Morales Guerra, who has been in sanctuary at Holyrood Episcopal Church in Washington Heights since August.

But do we really understand the system we are fighting against? Do we have the tools to respond effectively to tough questions from family members, co-workers, and others who don’t share our views? For example:

* Why do so many people come here “illegally”? Why don’t they just wait in line?
* If someone committed a crime in this country, why shouldn’t they be deported?
* Don’t unauthorized immigrants push down wages for everyone?
* Can we really afford to have so many immigrants here?
* Isn’t our current immigration system color-blind?
* What would an alternative system look like, and how do we get there?

Bring your questions and thoughts to this participatory workshop facilitated by Jane Guskin and David Wilson, authors of The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers (Monthly Review Press). Together we will strengthen our skills and deepen our understanding to engage more effectively in dialogue around immigration issues.

The sanctuary information session will be led by Renee Colwell, volunteer coordinator at Holyrood Episcopal Church, who will share with neighbors how they can help.

More information:

Participatory Workshop on Immigrant Rights: Dialogue in a Time of Crisis
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
New York NY 10032

February 24: Cuéntame un Cuadro


 IMAGE: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Portrait of Pedro Mocarte, ca. 1805-1806, oil on cavas, 78 x 57 cm.
Cuéntame un Cuadro (Tell Me the Story of an art work) is a story-telling program in Spanish for families with children ages 5 to 9. Discover fun facts about Hispanic art and culture while you learn and create together.
During this event, writer Mariel Escalante will talk about the Portrait of Pedro Mocarte by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. The Hispanic Society Museum and Library is closed for renovations, but their programs—like Cuéntame un Cuadro—are moving to different spaces around the community.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact or (212) 926-2234 ext. 209.

 Cuéntame un Cuadro                                                                                                               Saturday, February 24, 2018                                                                                                         1-2 PM                                                                                                                                           Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                                           2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165)                                                                                                New York, NY 10032






February 23: Mythical Beasts: An Uptown Stories Reading

Join Uptown Stories for a reading from the Mythical Beasts Mini-Camp!
Tales of strange and wonderful beasts—like unicorns, dragons, and griffins—exist in every culture. They can be magical or elusive, dangerous or cuddly, and anything in between. They often need protection from a human friend, and in turn, have abilities that can help humans achieve their goals.Writers in this workshop (ages 8–12) will imagine a world populated by mythical beasts and the humans that love them.

******Bestias míticas (Mini-Campamento)******
Los cuentos de bestias extrañas y maravillosas, como unicornios, dragones y grifos, existen en todas las culturas. Pueden ser mágicos o elusivos, peligrosos o tierno, y cualquier cosa intermedia. A menudo necesitan protección de un amigo humano y, a su vez, tienen habilidades que pueden ayudar a los humanos a alcanzar sus objetivos.Los escritores en este taller (edades 8-12) imaginarán un mundo poblado por bestias míticas y los humanos que los aman.

Mythical Beasts / Bestias miticas
Friday, February 23, 2018 / Viernes, 23 de febrero, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
New York NY 10032

February 25: Que Bola, Acere—Workshop with Ashe International, Inc.

In this workshop, Dr. William Ross, will be sharing his history of travel to Cuba since 1997 when he went for the first time as a member of the Venceremos Brigade. In lieu,  of the ever-increasing popularity of traveling to the island, Dr. Ross will share the information needed for individuals to understand life and culture on the island so as not to disrespect the Cuban people and to maximize the positivity of their experience. An explanation of the Embargo the US has against Cuba and its effects on travel. Traveling to Cuba under the Trump administration. Understanding the dual currency system in Cuba. Understanding life in Cuba. Understanding the way tourism and tourists really affect the life of the average Cuban. Explaining the formation of a grassroots tour to Cuba with Ashe International, Inc. Understanding the role politics play in modern Cuban Life. Dr. Ross will be joined by writer Priscilla Hernandez who will share her experience at the island and the importance of being a traveler not a tourist.    BIOS:                                                                                                                    Dr. William Q. Ross (aka Mission) is the son of Young Lord who was always taught that the movement is never ending and we must always do our best to provide resources for our community. With degrees in Business Management, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, and Spiritual Counseling, Dr. Ross focuses on not only ensuring resources are created for the community, but also that they are sustained. He specializes in working with urban youth and has been instrumental in ending conflicts between street organizations in the United States and abroad, as well creating leadership curriculum for public schools, charter schools, and community-based organizations. He is a writer and the President & Founder of Ashé International, Inc. In 1997, Dr. Ross visited Cuba for the first time, his introduction to the land, culture, traditions, perseverance, and passion of the Cuban people laid the foundation for his continual and consistent travel back to Cuba for the decades to come. An initiated Palero, Santero, and Babalawo, as well as an ordained Interfaith Minister, Dr. Ross focuses on celebrating the spirituality of all disciplines and honoring the paths associated with them.

Priscilla Hernández is a VONA 2016 Travel Writer Workshop Alum. Ms. Hernández is a fledgling writer currently working on her memoir. She has dedicated her life to social justice, art and activism. She has been fortunate to travel far and wide including trips to England with her Lehman College Theater major classmates as well as Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo with her sisters of What Better Looks Like, a non-profit near and dear to her heart. In October 2017 she visited Cuba, a bucket list trip, in a personalized tour facilitated by Dr. William Q. Ross of Ashé International. Through her Travel Writing she will share her experience as a Latina and Solo Woman traveler. She has adopted the motto: Traveler Not Tourist.


Que Bola, Acere: with Ashe International, INC.
Sunday, Feb 25, 2018
12:30 – 2:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.