“Your Voice Matters”

Guest Author Amy Fusselman brought the house down at our first CHAPTERS reading for 2014. Check out this awesome video and experience her inspirational message for yourself:

  • Get more wisdom from Amy with her blog post about her CHAPTERS experience
  • CHAPTERS is back April 25 with Farai Chideya: author, journalist, and so much more. It’s free for teens with a suggested donation for adults, so why wait? RSVP now (and read more about Farai on the blog)
  • Plus: CHAPTERS continues May 30 with Ana Castillo and June 20 with Christina Baker Kline, or join us at our first-ever interactive media showcase, WRITE / CODE/ SPEAK May 3!
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It’s hard to believe that with last Saturday’s digital workshop, or Dorkshop as we call them, the first year is over for our Digital Media Mentoring Program. While our fall 2013 Dorkshops focused on audio recording, our spring semester is all about bringing writing to life using HTML and web design.

Over the semester, mentees have learned how to make their own dynamic websites, create GIFs to show visual moments in their writing, and tell their stories. After five stimulating (and extremely fun!) Dorkshops, mentors and mentees have the digital skills to show off their hard work – and share it with the world.

On May 3rd, from 2-5PM, mentees will debut their final pieces in our first ever Interactive Media Showcase, WRITE / CODE / SPEAK, in collaboration with Art In General. Using a variety of mixed media, including traditional writing, audio, GIFs, and HTML coding, the interactive installations of WRITE / CODE / SPEAK showcase the writers’ unique voices, backgrounds, and experiences as high school students in New York City. Youth writers present their media pieces with performances, encouraging the audience to experience their creative processes and stories right alongside the girls. This showcase represents the culmination of the Girls Write Now Digital Media Mentoring Program for 2013-14.

In collaboration with Art in General, a nonprofit that assists artists with the production and presentation of new work and informs and engages the public about their work, WRITE / CODE / SPEAK also features artist Lisi Raskin. Her exhibition Recuperative Tactics serves as the backdrop for the youth showcase.

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The Digital Media Mentoring Program functions in partnership with Parsons The New School for Design, supported by The Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust, with additional support from the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Pinkerton Foundation, the Patrina Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The First CHAPTER: 2014 Readings Series Launches!

Amy Fusselman, CHAPTERS Reading Series 2014

Guest Author Amy Fusselman (L) with Corrie Driebusch and Nahima Uddin (R), a pair in our Digital Media Mentoring Program, at CHAPTERS, March 21 2014

Our annual CHAPTERS Reading Series is where our girls and mentors get to take their writing from the page to the stage. It’s always a thrill to see a mentee step up to the mic and take a deep breath before launching into her piece, whether it’s her first time in the spotlight or her fourth.

If you made it to our first reading in March, you know exactly what we’re talking about: it’s the magic of live performance, of fresh, personal writing taking on a new life right in front of your very eyes.

If you didn’t make it, don’t fret – Elshaima, Stacie, and Amy shared their experiences on the blog so you won’t miss a thing, plus save the date for the rest of the series! Join us April 25 with Farai Chideya; May 30 with Ana Castillo; and June 20 with Christina Baker Kline.

A Mentor and mentee share the stage – for the first time

Elshaima is a first year mentee in our Writing & Mentoring Program, and was joined on stage by her mentor Stacie. They wrote about their experiences at Scholastic for the blog, from pre-event jitters to wanting to read again:

Elshaima: Stacie and I always talk about culture, family and friends. So we were talking about experiences about fake friends, and we decided to write a piece together. We talked about bad friendships as a teenager and when you’re an adult.

Stacie: In the end, Shaima wrote a poem, and I wrote a piece of memoir. We wrote about the same topic, and it was interesting to me to see how similar our feelings were.

Read the full post >

A Seasoned Pro shares her story

Elshaima and Stacie were joined on stage by Guest Author Amy Fusselman, who told her story of how she became a writer, and how writing let her channel her voice and stories. Amy even shared some of her upcoming book Savage Park with us – her first public reading of the work! Check out her side of the story:

This was a reading that acknowledged the hard work that the girls and their mentors had done to craft their pieces, and the courage it takes to step up to the mike and share those words. Those things are generally taken for granted in a reading, and it was moving to me to see these parts of the process highlighted and applauded. Read the full post >

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Introducing Ana Castillo

This post was written by Program Intern Olaya Barr.

GWN is excited for author Ana Castillo to join us at May CHAPTERS.

Acclaimed author Ana Castillo

For our May CHAPTERS Reading, Girls Write Now is thrilled to welcome the multi-talented Ana Castillo to the stage. Ana is a Chicago-raised Chicana whose impressive literary career spans from writing plays, novels, short stories and essays, to composing poems and translating from Spanish. Her most recent novel The Guardians was described by Booklist as having “earthy sensuality, wry social commentary, and lyrical spiritualism.”
Read more ›

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Science Writing: What I didn’t learn from taking AP Environmental Science

This blog post was written by Program Intern Olaya Barr.

Kate Beacon | Hark A Vagrant

Kate Beacon’s comic inspired by Ada Lovelace, the 1800′s English mathematician, often described as the world’s first computer programmer.

With the upcoming Science Journalism Workshop I decided to sit down and figure out what exactly “science writing” is.

Does that mean writing about the periodic table? Or photosynthesis? Or other topics I learned in high school and promptly forgot about after taking my AP Environmental Science exam? Do I have to memorize graphs or write about brain waves or sound waves or microwaves? I can’t do that, I thought, totally not my thing.

But then I started reading some actual science blogs and essays. I realized science writing doesn’t need to be about inaccessible topics surrounded by impenetrable jargon. It’s actually just a different way of story-telling! Okay – I can do that! Read more ›

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Start Your Story With Girls Write Now!

Ready to make your writing soar? The time for mentee and mentor enrollment is here! Girls Write Now is now accepting applications for mentors and mentees to join in fall 2014, plus registering girls for our FREE college prep series this summer. Now’s your chance: start a new chapter with Girls Write Now!


Write your story, let your voice be heard. Form a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a professional woman writer and mediamaker to transform the fierce words in your journal into powerful stories, poems, podcasts, plays, eBooks, blogs, and more. If you are a teen girl in grades 9-12 at a NYC public high school for the 2014-15 school year, learn more about joining our mentee class of 2014-15. Apply now!


Share your voice, empower hers. If you are a professional woman writer, teacher, or community leader passionate about sharing your craft, learn more about joining our volunteer mentor class starting fall 2014. Be a part of our dynamic community and share your craft with a teen writer. Apply now!


Be the girl who gets into her ideal school! 100% of seniors in our mentoring program graduate high school and go on to college. Join us for our Girls College Bound Summer Resume & College Essay Writing Workshops for application help from the pros. Receive cover letter and resume insight from the women at Morgan Stanley, write and revise a top-notch college admissions essay in your own voice and style, and get personalized editing advice from an expert woman writer. Register now!

  • Want to find out more about Girls Write Now before you jump in? Join us at CHAPTERS, our signature reading series, to get a glimpse of our girls in action.

“Now my stories – instead of staying in my notebook, under my bed, or under my mattress – are actually being typed and put out there.”
- Karilis Cruz, mentee

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Introducing Farai Chideya

This blog post was written by Program Intern Olaya Barr.

GWN is excited for Farai Chideya to join us at our April CHAPTERS.

Author and journalist, Farai Chideya

For our next CHAPTERS Reading on April 25, award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer Farai Chideya will be sharing the stage with our readers.

From 2006 to 2009, Chideya hosted NPR‘s News and Notes and still contributes as a political contributor to WNYC; in the 2010-2011 school year, she served as “Leader in Residence” at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, where she focused on the impact of social media on public policy. Her current project on the future of work, Work and Us, stemmed from her reporting on the “great recession,” where she road-tripped through America to interview people about economic anxiety and the national identity crises concerning religion, immigration, and race.

Beyond her extensive experience in journalism, what I personally admire in Chideya’s writing is her ability to make the personal and intimate relevant to the general public. She also has the keen skill of reversing this, and making socio-political events feel like immediate and firsthand affairs. Read more ›

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Scholastic Throughout the year, we at Girls Write Now get the opportunity to witness our mentees’ evolve into incredible writers and read their fantastic work. However, when mentees submit their writing to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the rest of the world is blown away.

This year, our girls once again continued their impressive winning streak, captivating audiences across the nation with their writing.

We’re thrilled to congratulate our 52 Gold and Silver Medal winners, more than doubling the number of Girls Write Now winners from last year and taking the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards by storm. We especially want to extend our congratulations to our National Award winners, Tuhfa Begum, Tiffani Ren and Shannon Daniels.

Tuhfa and Tiffani both earned National Silver Medals in the Personal Essay/Memoir category, while third-year mentee Shannon won a National Silver Medal for Poetry, and a National Gold Medal for her Writing Portfolio, the highest-level award which includes a $10,000 scholarship towards her higher education. Shannon won this prestigious award last year as well! Notable alumni of the Scholastic Awards include Sylvia Plath and Lena Dunham.

Check out Shannon and her mentor Whitney’s performance at last year’s CHAPTERS Reading Series:

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Save the date: The Girls Write Now Awards are coming up!

Event space at the Bowery Hotel

Event space at the Bowery Hotel

Join us at the legendary Bowery Hotel on the evening of Tuesday, June 3rd from 6-9pm for the 2014 Girls Write Now Awards to celebrate the achievements of our girls and honor women who write the world.

Following the success of our first Girls Write Now Awards, we are thrilled to continue the tradition in 2014!

In today’s changing landscape, Girls Write Now is paving the way for the next generation of women writers, one girl at a time. Every year, the girls we mentor join a supportive community where they discover their voices and the fearlessness to share their stories. Just like the women we are honoring at the 2014 Girls Write Now Awards, our girls are breaking through boundaries, both in life and in writing, to realize the promise of change.

Our honorees include Dawn Davis (Vice-President & Publisher, The Atria Publishing Group), Roberta Kaplan (Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP), and Gloria Steinem (Feminist, Activist, & Author). New York Times national correspondent, Tanzina Vega, will emcee the event Read more ›

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