Who We Are

The team!

Writopia Lab is a national community of young writers and thinkers.

Writopia Lab is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in New York City in April of 2007. We run creative writing workshops for kids ages 6 to 18. All of our workshops have a maximum of seven students and are led by a published author or produced playwright who has been fully trained in our time-tested methodology. In each of the past six years, our students have won more recognition for their writing than any other group of students in the nation. (Recent honors include: the most regional and national medals from the Scholastic Writing Awards in the nation; the nation's top 2012 and 2013 Scholastic Awards Scholarships for Gold Medal Portfolioists; the 2012 and 2013 NYC Teen Literary Honor from New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; a 2013 YoungArts Scholar Award.)

"Writopia is the number one writing program in the city."

Alex Tapnio, Former Senior Manager, National Programs, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Writopia students win awards

  • More than 1,000 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards since 2006
  • 2012 and 2013 NYC Literary Honor from New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, which was also awarded to Robert Caro, Paul Auster, Marie Ponsot, Toni Morrison, John Ashbery, Calvin Trillin, Jon Scieszka, Jules Feiffer and Walter Dean Myers
  • 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Scholastic National Gold Medals.
  • The Gold Medal Portfolio Award, the highest honor given to teen writers by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, in 2012 and 2013
  • 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015 Best Play awards from Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights
  • 2010 Creativity and Citizenship Award and Scholarship from the National Constitution Center
  • 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Random House Scholarships for high school seniors

Writopia instructors are widely published

  • Books published by Simon & Schuster, Arthur A. Levine, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Disney-Hyperion, Doubleday, Random House, and HarperCollins
  • Work featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Ploughshares, Vanity Fair, The Literary Review, The Atlantic, and Time
  • Plays performed at the Atlantic Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights’ Horizons, Second Stage, NY Fringe Festival, Ars Nova, and many more

Writopia students write their college essays with us, and win admissions and top scholarships to the schools of their choice

  • Harvard, Yale (full scholarship), Brown, Princeton, Stanford, Williams (full scholarship), UChicago, UPenn, Hampshire, UT Austin, Barnard, Vassar, Boston University, SUNY Binghamton, the CUNY Macaulay Honors Program (full scholarship), the Jefferson Scholars Foundation scholarship at the University of Virginia, and many more.

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