Mentor Training, 2010, at Girls Write Now headquarters. Video production by Caitlin Curran

Be a mentor

“From the first day we met, Brittany’s talent and courage lit up my life. Even now, a day doesn’t pass that I don’t think about her. Every time she logs on to her computer, mine gives a little Skype gurgle. We don’t know why, but I don’t want her to fix it.” — Josleen Wilson, mentor

Life is better in twos. Form a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a teen writer and transform the fierce words in her journal into powerful stories, poems, podcasts, plays, eBooks, blogs, and more.

Girls Write Now is a dynamic community of women writers on a mission: for 17 years, our award-winning programs have provided creative and academic guidance, support, and opportunities for the next generation of writers in NYC. We offer 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 Digital Media Mentoring Program operates in partnership with Parsons The New School for Design. If you are a graduate student in the Design and Technology program at the New School, we offer paid facilitator positions. To find out more about these positions or apply, email

To qualify as a Girls Write Now mentor, you are:

  • Equipped with at least two years of professional writing experience in print or digital media
  • Dedicated to guiding the artistic, academic, and professional aspirations of young women
  • Ready to commit to in-person weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions, monthly writing workshops, and special events from September 2015 to June 2016
  • Prepared to maintain clear and frequent communication with Girls Write Now’s leadership and your mentee
  • Eager to share in our mission to empower the next generation of women writers and media professionals

As a mentor, you can expect:

  • Training and ongoing guidance as you build your mentoring relationship
  • Frequent communication with compassionate and knowledgeable staff and experienced volunteers
  • To become an essential part of a teen writer’s growth
  • The time and space to experiment with new genres and add to your own body of writing
  • An opportunity to grow with and contribute to a dynamic community


We are currently accepting applications for the 2015-16 program year! Click here to apply to be a Girls Write Now mentor.

The priority deadline has closed but we are still accepting applications on a rolling basis.

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