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Phone: (212) 222-4088
155 West 81st Street
Suite A

New York
New York 10024
USA
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Target demographics: Kids 8 to 18. We are currently in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, and Washington, DC, but we are willing and able to open branches in communities that seek us out.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,200

Geographic areas served: New York City, Westchester County, Brooklyn, Washington, DC, Los Angeles

Programs: Creative writing workshops for kids ages 8 to 18. Private sessions focused on expository writing, college and high school admissions.

Mission:
Writopia Lab is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to:

1.Provide young people with the creative inspiration and intellectual environment that may not be available to them at school.
2.To help each student become comfortable with expressing himself on paper and to ultimately cultivate (or maintain) a love of writing in each of them.
3.Create and sustain a diverse community of young writers who find commonalities in a shared passion for ideas and expression.
4.Offer discounted or waived fees to at least 40% of workshop participants.
5.Provide an open, safe, and nurturing space for young people who are highly engaged in creative and intellectual endeavors.
6.Provide an open, safe, and nurturing space for young people who struggle with verbal and written expression.
7.Identify ways that creative youth who struggle academically can use their gifts to further their academic success.
Results:
Writopia currently serves about 1,200 young writers across the country a year, 600 of whom come from lower-middle class to impoverished backgrounds. We are the most socio-economically diverse literacy-enrichment program in the city, and our young writers win more prestigious writing awards than any group of kids in the country including:

* 2008, 2009, and 2010 Scholastic National Gold Medals;
* 2009 and 2010 Best Play awards from Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights;
* 2010 Creativity and Citizenship Award and Scholarship from the National Constitution Center; and
* 2009 and 2010 Random House Scholarship for high school seniors.



Our teens have been published each year in Scholastic’s anthology of Best Teen Writing, while our younger writers have been published in Scholastic’s anthology of Best Middle School Writing and in Stone Soup, Teen Ink, and many others.

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02/07/11
My 13-year-old son has been doing workshops at Writopia for four years. Hands down, it's the best writing program for kids in New York City. Kids benefit from hIgh expectations, a warm atmosphere, enthusiastic teachers - all working writers themselves - and supportive peers. It's the perfect ... more »
01/31/11
Writopia Lab is such a wonderful organization, which has also been so important and beneficial for my daughter, that I hardly know where to begin. The writing workshops themselves are inspiring, challenging and instructive while also being highly supportive of each member’s voice and ... more »
01/30/11
I have been a student with writopia for a year, this is my 5th session. I do the class with my friends because we all enjoy writing. The classes have been not only fun but educational. I have learned about writing and editing. It has also made me more comfortable with sharing my stories. All my ... more »
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