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“If I had the knowledge, skill, and money to use all the tools in the world, I would start digitally remixing all my short stories and poems…It would also be great if I could animate one of Edgar Allan Poe’s works such as the ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ or ‘The Raven.'” – Monica Chin, mentee

Our mentees are defining the digital age, bringing the craft of writing into the 21st century. In our Digital Media Mentoring Program, we boost girls’ tech savvy and creative potential through digital media. In bringing our curriculum and writing approach into the digital age, we prepare the girls we serve to truly be the next generation of writers — on whatever platform they choose.

Students are paired one-to-one with a digital media professional or New School graduate student and together they transform their writing into digital art. All Studio Workshops are facilitated with the support of  graduate students at Parsons The New School for Design, and feature writing and digital skill-building exercises, prompts, and share-outs to diversify participants’ modes of self-expression. At the end of a program year, girls are equipped to tell a story in GIFs, write a poem in HTML, and take their words to the next level.

Explore new digital horizons with our girls and mentors — from narrative games to audio and animation, writing isn’t just in ink anymore.

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VOICE/VOICE: The Girls Write Now 2015 Digital Program Art Book

At the Digital Program’s 2015 showcase QWERTY, Girls Write Now premiered VOICE/VOICE, the Digital Program’s first art book that showcases work created by Girls Write Now digital mentees during the 2014-15 program year. The slim and colorful 65-page limited edition chapbook showcases stills of digital work that incorporates creative writing and mixed media that were created

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Spring 2015: Poetry+Programming=Empowerment

Spring of 2015 was an incredibly productive time for our Digital Mentees and Mentors. From our monthly Studio Workshops to our first annual QWERTY Exhibit, this semester allowed the mentees to explore songwriting and audio editing, the intersections of poetry and code, and how to find their niche online.

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Fall 2014: Post-Production

In Fall of 2014, Digital Mentees and Mentors explored a wide range of filmmaking divisions, from splicing and cut-ups to stop motion animation. This semester, mentees shot, wrote, and edited inspiring, hilarious, and positively brilliant short movies.

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Breaking Through 2014 Multimedia Anthology

From coding an HTML narrative on a zombie apocalypse to creating a fashion blog featuring photoshoots and industry interviews, digital mentees used the skills they learned in Studio Workshops to create multi-platform masterpieces! Here is a collection of the Digital Writing Program’s work in the 2014 Multimedia Anthology.

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Spring 2014: Visual Narratives

In spring 2014, digital mentees took their writing to the next level by creating dynamic HTML websites. Over the course of three Studio Workshops, mentees learned how to write HTML code, create gifs in Photoshop, and embed videos, audio, and soundscapes into their pages. The program year culminated with an exciting interactive digital exhibition called WRITE / CODE / SPEAK where mentees showed off their HTML masterpieces to friends, family, and the public.

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Fall 2013: Audio

During the fall semester, mentoring pairs explored how to translate their writing into digital media and enhance their digital literacy as well as their writing skills. This semester the program used audio recording as a jumping off point.

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Spring 2013: Creative Publishing

Girls Write Now Studio Workshops make dreams come true. Mentors and mentees in this spring’s Digital Media Mentoring Program brought their words to life at Creative Publishing Studio Workshops where they learned to write, design, and produce their very own e-books.

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Fall 2012: Narrative Gaming

Welcome to our Narrative Gaming Studio Workshop series, where mentees and mentors used juicy conflict, enticing characters, and surprising plot twists to write their very own narrative online games. Through our series of three monthly Studio Workshops, mentees and mentors learned how to use Wordpress posts and QR codes to build narrative games that can be played on any mobile device.

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Spring 2012: Remix

In the spring of 2012, select mentee/mentor pairs embarked on a digital remix adventure. Parting ways with the rest of the GWN crew for the months from February through April, these “Remixers” attended Studio Workshops to learn digital photography, video editing, animation, audio production, and online sharing.