Raise your hand if the internet, in all of its clickbait glory, has ever made you feel like crap. Yeah, us too. It doesn’t take more than a quick, mindless social media scroll to exhaust your heart and fry your mind.
We believe the internet doesn’t have to leave us feeling powerless--we get to choose what we read and what we fill it with. And that’s why we’re here. Equal parts magazine and creative community, Upwrite's mission is simple: share stories that empower both the writer and the audience.
Because the internet doesn’t need more things “you won’t believe.” It needs more things you can believe in. More grace. More honest writers boldly engaging with the creative process through authentic prose. More counter-cultural artists who choose to unearth the truth, goodness, and beauty in culture. That’s the stuff we want to read, and the stuff we want to write about. Imagine the longform stories and quippy listicles you hate to love and love to hate with the saturation & highlights upped 150% (no filter, duh). Imagine hopeful endings.
Come vibe with us.
Ashley Abramson and Kate Watson were introduced by the Holy Spirit in February 2016. Seriously, you can ask Him. (More on that here, if you’re so inclined). After promising teenage stints at Coldstone Creamery, dual writing degrees, and a set of 2014-born sons, they created Upwrite as an outlet for their shared zeal for authentic, craft-focused writing with a side of laughs. Together, they develop the writing and writers of Upwrite Magazine.
Ashley Abramson is an eternal English major whose natural habitat is any combination of words and people. A freelance copywriter/stay-at-mom home hybrid by day and online magazine proprietor by night, Ashley also writes regularly for RELEVANT Magazine. When she isn’t writing or editing, you can find her plotting her next laugh, exploring Minneapolis with her husband and toddler son, and defending her excessive novelty drink habit. Have a thing for baby pics and whitewashed backgrounds? Hang out with her on Instagram. Prefer witty one-liners and gratuitous re-tweets? Try Twitter. You can also check out her (infrequently updated) portfolio here and her (even more deserted) personal website here.
Kate Watson is a freelance developmental editor who also writes about feminism, faith, and culture while her son watches YouTube videos late into the night. Like most New Yorkers, Kate is simultaneously passionate and nonplussed about just about everything. The one thing that she's not ambivalent about is investing the best of her time and energy into good people and good writing. You can follow Kate on Twitter and Instagram but be warned, it gets pretty weird.
"Upwrite Magazine is introspective without being staid and playful without being cynical. That kind of buoyancy and clear-eyed writing is hard to come by online, and I'm honored to be a small part of it."
"Upwrite Magazine is unique in its commitment to process in a world that is so often obsessed with product. I particularly love their attention to 'craft care.' A beautiful project and a great blog to bookmark."
"Upwrite Magazine is trekking toward a different kind of online media. As much as I've been concerned about cheap content mills churning and burning through those who could be our generation's great writers, Upwrite is doing the opposite. As an idealist who believes in how things 'ought to be done,' this commitment to excellence should be championed."
“Upwrite Magazine is a breath of fresh air in what most people would consider an already-polluted Internet world. Their content is captivating, hopeful, encouraging and intentional, pulling in the type of reader who cringes at clickbait and is looking for something real and true. This corner of the Internet is a rare gem, and not to be missed. Subscribe today. You won't regret it."
“As an editor, Upwrite’s focus on the craft of writing, themes of hope, and active transparency encourages me. Independent outlets like Upwrite are essential to a healthy editorial ecosystem. I’m relieved and grateful that outlets like these choose the more difficult, honorable path, focusing on producing constructive, hard-earned online writing rather than taking so many of the easy ways that have proven to work these days.”