I Am Girls Write Now. Directed and produced by Kathleen Sweeney, Video-Text


“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!

My Apple

                        In the fifty-year-long life of an apple tree                         Numerous apples will be created                         Inside those numerous apples                         Sweet apples and bitter apples are mixed                         Red apples and green apples are mixed                         The first apples is always

New York City

Tourist stop short on 42nd Street, Faces pitched towards the sky. Pigeons fly overhead – Dropping splats of good luck to unsuspecting targets. Actors running late to auditions, Make a quick stop at the corner bodega. “Give me a bacon, egg & cheese on a roll. And coffee. Regular.” That’s milk with two sugars. Subways,

Amendments (Persona Poetry Workshop)

Amendments I come from the world of “Silence is a virtue.” Where success is the prize in the game called life and I’m sorry that one of the levels doesn’t involve you. I recall the countless hours In which we conversed and exchanged laughs. Where we made each other blush, shared strengths, weaknesses, and told

Poetry Workshop


A Little Girl’s Day in Court

A Little Girl’s Day in  Court   Fade in:   Int. Court  -Day   Metallic sound of shoes heard on the marble floor. Long hallway lined with wooden, large doors. Dissolve into:   Int. Outside Court room   CAMILLA, a hispanic woman in her mid-twenties, motherly warmth, but getting wary every year. Preoccupation covers her

Citizen Media: Personal Statement

  When I remember my childhood I think of pink, change, brightness, and activity. When I was very young I wore pink everyday for a week until a boy told me that pink was stupid and weak; I thought I was strong even though I liked a color so soft. Even today I tell people that I hate that

Completely True

GIRL’S BATHROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR – FRIDAY AFTERNOON Mikey, a 17 year old Dominican girl with anxiety issues is hunched over a toilet as her lunch spills into it. She takes a sharpie out from her bra and marks another tally beside a bunch of others on a wall of peeling paint. INT. PSYCHIATRIST’S


The relationships I have with the toilets in my life have become complicated. In recent mornings, I’ve clawed at the dark air of my room, vision swimming with stars and static fuzz, stumbled to the bathroom, and gotten on my knees in front of the mighty porcelain throne. Dinner from the night before spills into

The Talking Thing

“What’s Johanna doing over here?” I hate it when people ask me questions, the same way I hate when those questions are just ditches for me to fall into, so they can cover the top and leave me to soak until I degrade into nothing. “Excuse me.” II try to pass them but they won’t

Studio Workshop: Cut Ups and Splices

FREEWRITE: Free to be You and Me When the timer  starts, write as much as you can until the chimes sound, then stop. Pass your paper to your right-hand neighbor. When the timer starts again, repeat.   The prompt was to take a piece on a beauty diy and cut up words that appeared significant.