Category Archives: Workshop

June 15 – Word Up’s 8th Birthday Party!

Stop by from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, June 15th for our birthday celebration—there will be food, drinks, and fun. See below for specific activities, and join us at 4:30pm for cake! *Please note that we will be closing at 6pm as usual.*

11am–12pm: Hora del cuento con Alexis Ruginis y Mariel Escalante
¿Dónde está el coquí?
Explora Latinoamérica y el Caribe mientras aprendes sobre animales, verbos y números con el coquí, una ranita cantante de Puerto Rico.
    Explore Latin America and the Caribbean while learning about animals, verbs, and numbers with the coquí, a small singing frog from Puerto Rico.
1–2pm: Why Are Our Skin Colors So Different?: Interactive Mask-Making Workshop 
Recommended for ages 6–9. RSVP requested (includes $5 materials fee):
When your child begins to observe differences in skin color, don’t their questions warrant straight-forward responses? Jyoti Gupta’s book does just that by introducing skin color to children in a healthy way. Different Differenter: An Activity Book about Skin Color takes you on a playful discovery to find answers that work for your family—while thoughtfully introducing facts and boundary-setting words. Anti-bias and diversity educators are calling it “provocative and sensitive,” “a culturally-relevant discussion guide,” and “positive and nonjudgmental.”
Join the author for an interactive, hands-on, mask-making workshop. Your child will participate in a discussion about skin colors, learn about adaptation, a process that began 10,000 years ago, and enjoy making a mask. The idea is to create a participatory, active learning environment where they can co-create messaging about skin colors.
Jyoti Gupta is a multi-disciplinary practitioner-scholar, social-justice media maker, and a media-literacy educator. Her independent work on the subject of colorism has garnered support from parents, scholars, elementary schools educators. She has represented her work at TEDxWomen and Jaipur Literary Festival, South Asia’s largest literary event.
2:30–4pm: Dominican Writers Book Club in collaboration with Word Up: Soledad
Dominican Writers is convening a new book club! In anticipation of Angie Cruz’s Dominicana, which is forthcoming in September 2019, DW and Word Up are teaming up for the June selection: Soledad by Angie Cruz. Bring your copy, or purchase one at the shop or at While you are at it, preorder a copy of Dominicana today!
4:30pm: Cake cutting to celebrate 8 years of Word Up!
Word Up’s 8th Birthday Party
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th St
New York NY 10032

March 3–April 28: Creating Comics Rooted in Activism & Personal Experience

We all carry stories around with us, stories we want—no, need—other people to hear. Because they can be made by one person, without expensive equipment or advanced skills, zines, comics and graphic novels have a long history of being a fertile venue for frank, revelatory storytelling. They have also been made and used by activists for decades. In this class, we will take a look at the history of nonfiction stories in comics, and create our short, nonfiction comic from scratch. Please come to class with ideas for a personal story—either a personal narrative you would like to capture in comics form, or a cause you would like to discuss in comics form.

This class is open to folx aged 14 and up. There is a $75 fee for this eight session class, payable at the first session. Scholarships are available.

Please sign up at this link:

Ellen Lindner is the author of two graphic novels, Undertow and The Black Feather Falls. She is also the editor of The Strumpet, a collection of comics by artists who identify as women. Her activist art is in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum, and she has contributed fictional and nonfictional short stories to many anthologies. Based in Upper Manhattan, she is currently working on The Cranklet’s Chronicle, a collection of stories about women and baseball. You can check out her work at or on Instagram @ellenlindna.

This class will be taught in English but all class materials will be available in English and Spanish.

“Stories I Would Tell A Million Times: Creating Comics Rooted in Activism and Personal Experience” is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.


Título de clase: “Crear cómics arraigados en el activismo y la experiencia personal”
Instructora: Ellen Lindner
Todos llevamos historias a nuestro alrededor: historias que queremos—¡no, necesitamos!—otras personas para escuchar. Debido a que pueden ser hechas por una sola persona, sin equipo costoso o habilidades avanzadas, los zines, historietas y novelas gráficas tienen una larga historia de ser un lugar fértil para contar historias francas y reveladoras. También han sido fabricadas y utilizadas por activistas durante décadas. En esta clase, echaremos un vistazo a la historia de las historias no ficticias en cómics, y crearemos nuestro cómic corto de no ficción desde cero. Por favor, vengan a clase con ideas para una historia personal—o una narrativa personal que te gustaría capturar en forma de comics, o una causa que te gustaría discutir en forma de comics.

Esta clase está abierta a todo gente a partir de los 14 años. Hay una cuota de $75 por esta clase de ocho sesiones, pagadera en la primera sesión, que incluye una donación a Word Up Community Bookshop. Hay becas disponibles.

Sobre la instructora:
Ellen Lindner es autora de dos novelas gráficas, Undertow y The Black Feather Falls. También es la editora de The Strumpet, una colección de cómics de artistas que se identifican como mujeres. Su arte activista está en la colección del Museo Smithsonian, y ha contribuido con cuentos cortos ficticios y no ficticios en muchas antologías. Basada en el Alto Manhattan, actualmente está trabajando en una colección de historias de no ficción sobre mujeres y béisbol. Pueden ver su trabajo en o en Instagram @ellenlindna.

Creating Comics Rooted in Activism & Personal Experience              Weekly on Sunday, March 3–April 28, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032 

February 17 – Building the Foundation: Organizing 101 with BYP100!


Building upon the Foundation will be led by the New York Chapter Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). This workshop will focus on what organizing is while addressing the important difference from activism. In addition, BYP100 will share their political framework, the work they are doing and how you can get involved!
Building upon the Foundation: Organizing 101 with BYP100!                                                Sunday, February 17, 2019
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

January 19 – Penning the Stars

Astrology has been around for hundreds of years, and it’s only now that many – especially writers – are tapping into it as an established wisdom to better create and write. Does astrology influence your writing style, routine and writing habits? How can you better tap into your writing strengths and weaknesses using astrology as a guide? Workshop attendees will learn more about their planet placements, such as Mercury, the Sun and Moon, and how these influence their writing and living flow. Attendees are encouraged to either bring a natal chart to the workshop, or contact the workshop organizers to provide them with one prior to the workshop.


Penning The Stars
, January 19, 2018
3:00-5:00 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

18 de Enero- Masculinidades prohibidas: los negros resistiendo en el Caribe colonial, siglo XVI.

Esta investigación histórica se concentra en relatar cómo a los negros, esclavos o libres en las islas del Caribe Español del siglo XVI, se les prohibió ejercer los ritos de la masculinidades de la época. A pesar de la oposición los negros practicaron esas masculinidades prohibidas, convirtiendo así el ser “hombre” en un acto de resistencia. Entre 1510 y 1581 la metrópoli legislaba, mientras los negros ejercían, transgredían y resistían.

Masculinidades prohibidas: los negros resistiendo en el Caribe colonial, siglo XVI.     Viernes , 18 de Enero, 2018
6:30-7:30 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032