Mentee Brittany Barker performs Latina Woman at CHAPTERS 2011. Video production by David Shuff


“Riah and I retreated to a nearby park to rehearse her CHAPTERS reading. Despite the freezing temperature, we forged on, as Riah transformed her poem into a powerful spoken word performance: two writers enveloped in the crisp Bronx afternoon.” — Allison Adair Alberts, mentor

Our CHAPTERS reading series is where the whole Girls Write Now community comes together. Mentees share the spotlight with one another, performing their best portfolio pieces, developed with guidance and oftentimes collaboration with their mentors. Guest authors join them, telling stories of how they became writers and what supports their work.

See photos, reviews, excerpts, videos, and behind the scenes of girls, mentors, and guest authors at each reading.

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CHAPTERS Reading Series 2015

Save the date for our 2015 CHAPTER Reading Series with award-winning and best-selling authors Tiphanie Yanique, Emily St. John Mandel, Roxane Gay, and Sarah Ruhl!

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CHAPTERS Reading Series 2014

The 2014 CHAPTERS Reading Series was a whirlwind of awesome. Featuring incredible guest authors including Christina Baker Kline (#1 NYT bestselling author of Orphan Train), Amy Fusselman, Farai Chideya, and Ana Castillo, be sure to take a look back at some highlights of our fearless mentees.


CHAPTERS Reading, June 2013

At our last reading for 2013, special guest speaker Marcia Ann Gillespie, journalist and award-winning author, activist, and former editor of Ms. and Essence, joined the stage with our talented teen writers in SoHo’s Scholastic auditorium.

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CHAPTERS Reading, May 2013

Gayle Forman, journalist and award-winning author of If I Stay and Where She Went took the stage at SoHo’s Scholastic Auditorium with our passionate teen writers in May in the third part of our 2013 15th Anniversary CHAPTERS Reading Series.

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CHAPTERS Reading, April 2013

In April, special guest speaker Adele Griffin, National Book Award nominee and author of Sons of Liberty and All You Never Wanted, joined the stage with our talented teen writers in SoHo’s Scholastic auditorium at the second installment of our 2013 15th Anniversary CHAPTERS Reading Series.


CHAPTERS Reading: March 2013

In partnership with publishers Open Road, Penguin Group, Random House Children’s Books, and Writers House, special guest speaker Sonia Manzano, Maria from Sesame Street and author of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, joined the stage with our talented teen writers in SoHo’s Scholastic auditorium in March.

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CHAPTERS Reading Series 2013

Please join us Fridays this spring for our 15th Anniversary CHAPTERS Reading Series, hosted at Scholastic Auditorium, and sponsored by Open Road Integrated Media, Writers House, Random House, and Penguin Group. This year’s theme is New Worlds, celebrating the incredible diversity and creative fearlessness of our writing community.

CHAPTERS Reading: June, 2012

In partnership with Open Road Integrated Media, special guest speaker Andi Buchanan, author of The Daring Book of Girls series and Gift, joined the stage in June with our talented teen writers. “I’ve long admired the work of Girls Write Now, and I’ve long wished for a way to be even a small part of it. I’m absolutely thrilled to be here.”

CHAPTERS Reading: May 2012

“In Guinea at 6AM, the noisy train passes with a loud whistle. And the singing sounds of chickens ‘cocorico’ are signs in the morning there for waking up. I knew these sounds and I love them.” Talented teen writers headlined the third reading in the CHAPTERS series with featured guest, Raina Kelley, journalist at ESPN The Magazine.

CHAPTERS Reading: April 2012

“Sing to me, Muse, of a place with its own rhythm, because in the city there are far too many honking cars, police sirens, and screeching subway trains to find the right kind of harmony. Muse, I know the sky is cloudy and so is my mind, but wash that away and let me see an eight-year-old girl brushing the hair out of her eyes.” Talented teen writers headlined the second reading in the CHAPTERS series with featured guest, Deborah Gregory, award-winning author of The Cheetah Girl novel series.

CHAPTERS Reading: March 2012

“Cooties is an infectious disease, spread through bodily contact with the opposite sex. It was this disease that caused the 1929 Stock Market Crash. Paranoia is infectious. It catches like wildfire. You never know when it will strike you or how.” Talented teen writers launch the spring series on March 23 with featured author Alix Kates Shulman, who published a full library of eight titles as e-books on the cusp of her eightieth birthday.