Carmin and I spent some time talking about race and identity, and how we feel about the way the “world” around us tries to categorize us with different labels. We wrote our pieces separately and then merged them into a hybrid between a memoir and a reflective monologue.
“Girls Write Now mentees are talented, serious young women writers. Their wide-ranging work sparkles with wit and passion.” – Alix Kates Shulman, author and guest speaker
Writers don’t usually let you see their work-in-progress. But for us, process is vital: it’s how we learn, how we stretch ourselves, and how we see that story, poem or play through to a beautiful finish. We’re not scared of the red pen along the way.
In our workshops, our mentors and mentees spark their creativity with writing exercises that take them through six genres: fiction, poetry, memoir, journalism, playwriting & screenwriting, and a wild card. After each workshop, they share their work in progress in secure online portfolios for mentors and mentees only.
But every now and then, mentees share the pieces in development, so you too can share in their process. Take a look!
“Luca” is an excerpt from a novel that Mennen is working on, set in a new world, a school for paranormal children. We collaborated by identifying this section as a stand-alone reading, then went back and forth with editing, as well as timing Mennen practicing reading it aloud.
This piece, “Hurricane Connor”, came from fragments written in response to some of the prompts given at the family memoir workshop.