“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 mentees and mentors 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 each week. Throughout the course of the program year, mentees create multi-genre developmental portfolios, archiving and reworking their drafts from pair sessions and workshops. Together, they receive support and training from experienced mentors, therapists, and guest authors.
Applications for the 2017-2018 mentoring programs open on Saturday, April 1st. Click below to learn more: