“At that moment, I realized what Girls Write Now was all about. Here’s this brilliant sports writer for the Associated Press, and she’s totally immersed in my poem.” – Lashanda Anakwah, mentee alum
The spirit of our organization is simple: every girl who’s passionate about telling their story gets a shot at exploring it. We introduce NYC public high school girls to women writers and digital media professionals from every discipline, who join Girls Write Now as mentors to pass on their craft. As mentees work with their mentors, a one-to-one relationship becomes a two-way street.
Mentees and mentors become crit partners, collaborators, and lifelong friends. A typical pair session can involve building on a work in progress, fine-tuning application essays for a college-bound senior, editing each other’s poems, or taking a field trip to places designed to inspire, like museums, movies, or a new neighborhood.
Girls Write Now has two mentoring programs that empower mentors and mentees to grow in their craft as storytellers: 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.
We accept new mentor and mentee applications each spring. Our pairs are matched in September through a process that takes into account geography, writing interests, and compatibility. Once matched, pairs meet one-to-one each week and for intergenerational group workshops each month. Throughout the course of the program year, mentees create multi-genre developmental portfolios, archiving and reworking their drafts into polished products to share their voices with the world: at our acclaimed reading series and exhibitions, in our multi-genre, multi-platform anthologies, winning hundreds of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and getting published in outlets like The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Elle, and Newsweek. Girls receive support and training not only from experienced mentors, but therapists, college prep advisors, and high profile authors. 100% of our seniors are accepted to colleges across New York City and the nation.
The application to be a mentor in the 2017-18 program year is now closed. Look out for the 2018-19 application next Spring!