The Final Chapter: June CHAPTERS

This blog post was written by Mara McCollom a Girls Write Now intern about the June CHAPTERS reading on June 19, 2015 with keynote speaker Quiara Alegría Hudes. On a sunny summer evening, we gathered at the Rose Auditorium at Cooper Union to celebrate our final CHAPTERS reading of the year. Our keynote speaker Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes

Addressing Your Conflicts – Q&A with Quiara Alegría Hudes

Guest Author Quiara Alegría Hudes kicked off our June CHAPTERS reading series for 2015. Check out this awesome video and experience her inspirational message for yourself: Learn more about the night from Girls Write Now intern, Mara McCollom’s blog post. Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page!

Web Presence Workshop: Two Personas

This blog post was written by Seanna Viechweg and Katie Gemmill a Girls Write Now mentee and mentor pair about the Web Presence Workshop on May 16, 2015. The workshop focused on developing your presence online as a writer and featured two incredible speakers Bridget Todd (@BridgeMarie) and Tracy Clayton (@brokemcpoverty).  You would think after spending the past

Mariane Pearl Visits the UN AND the Girls Write Now HQ

I am intensely conscious that in the end it is the solidarity of ordinary people that will drive humankind forward… – Mariane Pearl addressing the United Nations on May 27 Mariane Pearl has remained a steadfast voice for journalists, especially the voice of women. An author, journalist and managing editor of Chime for Change, Mariane shared

Rave Reviews for the 2015 Anthology & Art Book

Juju Chang believes in the power of a girl’s story and blurbed Voice to Voice: Girls Write Now 2015 Anthology, which made its soft launch at the Girls Write Now Awards. “As a journalist, I believe in the power of storytelling: to shed light, to move people, to effect change… and I believe girls need to

Your Voice Matters: Graduation 2015

We asked May CHAPTERS keynote speaker and Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay how she found her voice and what it means to find your voice and she told us: “Reading first and looking to people I could relate to…Everyone has a voice. It’s a question of finding the courage to use it and the first step in finding the courage

2015 Girls Write Now Awards Makes a Statement: ‘Forget About Likability’

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acceptance speech has been rippling through the internet’s digital waves since the 2015 Girls Write Now Awards last month. Stories from Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Jezebel, Essence New York Magazine, and so many more have covered her words. “Forget likability” has resonated with thousands of people, some young and others decades into their careers. She has challenged all

Pamela Paul: Writing is in the Family

Writing is the undercurrent that brings so many people to Girls Write Now – friends, colleagues, and even our dearest family members. When New York Times Book Review Editor Pamela Paul was honored at the 2015 Girls Write Now Awards, her mother and daughter joined us for the occasion. Pamela’s speech as she accepted the Gamechanger Award revealed that her mother

“Everyone has a voice” – Q&A with Roxane Gay

Guest Author Roxane Gay kicked off our May CHAPTERS reading series for 2015. Check out this awesome video and experience her inspirational message for yourself: Learn more about the night from Girls Write Now mentee, Rachel Chanderdatt’s blog post. CHAPTERS is back June 19 with Quiara Alegría Hudes. It’s free for teens with a suggested donation for adults, so why