Workshops

Workshops

“Girls Write Now taught me to open my mind to the possibilities and potential in all kinds of writing. Girls Write Now taught me not to throw away what I think are useless scribbles. Because no matter how rough, every draft can become so much more.” – Sophia Chan, mentee

With mentors and mentees writing side by side, our monthly workshops are where are community gathers, where we take creative risks, where we remember that we are all in this together. Everyone is challenged to work outside her natural genre: poets become memoirists, memoirists become screenwriters, writers become performing comedians.

Here’s how it works: Each month, following our curricular plan and philosophy, mentors work in teams to produce a fresh set of workshops  jam-packed with literary excerpts and exercises ideas, and featuring craft talks from guest authors. At each workshop, ideas are born in icebreakers, nurtured and reimagined into drafts, then digitally filed into multi-genre portfolios. At weekly pair sessions between, mentors and mentees hone and polish writing into final products for performance and publication.

Our workshops drive our program, introducing girls to six genres of writing, tied together each year by an overarching theme: Becoming Women, Bridging Worlds, Where We Live, Opening Lines, Remix, Breaking Through, Voice to Voice and more.

Poetry: Person

This year our Poetry Workshop focused on persona poetry. Our mentees practiced delving deep into the mind of a character unlike themselves, and wrote a poem from that point of view. In the morning session, poet and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths spoke about her experience writing persona poetry from the perspective of different fictional characters, and afternoon speaker Vanessa Jimenez

Memoir: Place

This year our Memoir Workshop tackled how to use place to evoke a memory. In the morning session, award-winning guest author Suki Kim spoke to us about the process of writing her memoir about teaching in North Korea. And in the afternoon session, discussed the challenges of writing about family and her home in Jamaica. Both our guest authors spoke about

Journalism: Book Reviews

This year’s Journalism Workshop was centered around book reviews; what they are and how to write a reflective piece about a book that is fun, smart, and most importantly, indicative of your voice. New York Times’ Children’s Reviews Editor Maria Russo and Flavorwire Panelists Jillian Mapes, Sarah Seltzer, and Pilot Viruet spoke about author and artist intent, reviewing voice, and what goes

Wildcard Workshop: Web Presence

For the last workshop of the program year, we focused on Web Presence. Our mentees spent time thinking about how they define themselves and used that to determine what they want other people to know about them- and how that might change depending on what platform they’re using. There to help were professional writers Bridget Todd from msnbc.com and Tracy Clayton from Buzzfeed.

Screenwriting/Playwriting: Adaptation

In this year’s Screenwriting Workshop, we learned how you go from a story on a page to a story that can be told with actors on a screen.  Our morning session featured Gillian Robespierre, screenwriter and director of the 2014 critically acclaimed film Obvious Child. She talked about how she adapted her short film into a full length screenplay. And in

Fiction: Short Story

This year’s Fiction Workshop focused on character and conflict in short stories. We learned how to create complex and interesting characters with their own desires and motivations and put them in situations of conflict. Hasanthika Sirisena, the guest author for our morning session, read from her story published in Best New American Voices, and explored the various decisions she

Archive of Past Workshops

See our full spectrum of subgenres over the years.