“When I was 14 years old, I wrote, but I never called myself a writer until Girls Write Now told me I was. And then I couldn’t wait to call myself a writer again.” — Brittany Barker, mentee
Life is better in twos. Form a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a professional woman writer or media maker to transform the fierce words in your journal into powerful stories, poems, podcasts, plays, eBooks, blogs, and more.
Girls Write Now offers two distinct mentoring programs: the Writing & Mentoring Program and the Digital Media Mentoring Program. Each is designed to provide mentees with the tools and support to critically develop their writing skills and explore new modes of creative expression.
The 2016-17 Writing & Mentoring Program will focus on the exploration of literary sub-genres within categories including poetry, fiction, memoir, journalism, and screenwriting/playwriting. This program is recommended for young women interested in developing a body of creative work across genres, and in building core writing skills for internships and college.
The 2016-17 Digital Media Mentoring Program will focus on the exploration of literary work in diverse media, including video, sound, animation, social and online networks, and creative coding. This program is recommended for young women interested in developing a body of creative work in a range of media, and in building writing and digital skills for internships and college.
You could be a Girls Write Now mentee if you are:
- A New York City girl from any of the five boroughs
- In grade 9-12 for the 2016-17 school year at a public high school
- A native or non-native English speaker with proficient English writing & speaking skills
- Able to make a commitment to weekly in-person mentoring sessions, monthly Saturday workshops, and special events from September 2016 through June 2017
- Passionate about writing and growing in any genre, including digital media storytelling
As a mentee, you’ll get to:
- Form a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a professional woman writer or media maker
- Attend monthly, half-day writing workshops that feature guest speakers who are published authors in all genres
- Receive college prep support
- Publicly showcase work at exhibitions and our annual public reading series
- Publish work in our annual, award-winning anthology or digital publication
Applications for the 2016-2017 program year are now closed. If you are interested in being a mentee in the 2017-2018 program year, please fill out a mentee inquiry form. Please note our applications do not open until early April 2017 and we will be in touch with you in the spring! In the meantime, check out our College Bound program for college prep events, open to all NYC high school girls. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!