“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 alum
With mentors and mentees writing side by side, our monthly workshops are where our 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 year we produce a fresh set of monthly workshops jam-packed with literary excerpts, digital exercises and creative ideas. The Writing & Mentoring Program features a craft talk from guest authors and the Digital Media Mentoring Program workshops are supported by Parson’s New School for Design facilitators.
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, (R)evolution, Rise Speak Change, and more.