5 West 19th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Got Bars? Writing, Production, and Studio Recording

led by Chris Belmont

(Mondays, April 8th – June 3rd @ 4:30-6:30pm)

Come step your pen and melody game up! Here, you will explore techniques from some of your favorite artists, discover new styles of writing, and witness/join in the occasional post-class cypher. All participants will have to opportunity to record your creation in the Urban Word NYC Studio throughout the course of the series. Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Spoken Word, all genres welcome!


led by Karl Iglesias

(Thursdays, April 11th – June 6th @ 4:30-6:30pm)

This workshop is all about creating new work based on the news. We will cover various forms of poetry and news outlets in the first 4 weeks. For the second four weeks, students will narrow their focus into a specific topic (relations in the middle east, environmental racism, celebrity relationships). In which students, will create a small series of poems to make mini-chapbooks (about 5 poems)! This workshop serves the poets need for urgency in their writing and allows us to be journalists as we digest the stories of the world in our skin and in our words.

Check out a new poem that recently got published created entirely of headlines from newspaper articles.



Erica Fabri • Every September to December

This program is geared towards high school juniors & seniors who want their creative critical voice to soar over the tedium of the college application process. Using spoken word and hip-hop as inspiration, we will write high-quality college application essays and explore numerous scholarship opportunities. This workshop will put you on track to get into college, and earn scholarships.