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Our story

A television writer and a high school student unpack laptops at a coffee shop and debate narrative structure. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist breaks down her technique to an audience of eager young women. A high school principal invites a promising student into her office and hands her an application. A writer finally gets the cadence of her poem just right and her heart beats a little faster with pride. This is Girls Write Now.

Founded in 1998, Girls Write Now is the first organization in the country with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for girls. Girls Write Now provides guidance, support, and opportunities for at-risk and underserved girls from New York City’s public high schools to develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy school, career and life choices.

100% of Girls Write Now’s seniors graduate high school—bringing with them portfolios, awards, scholarships, new skills, and a sense of confidence. Mentees from the Class of 2012 won an astounding 27 regional and national awards in the Scholastic Arts & Writing competition, along with full scholarships through Posse and Questbridge, among others. Girls Write Now has built a record of achievement and innovation that has been recognized twice by the White House, by The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, and the global branding firm Siegel+Gale. In 2012, Youth, I.N.C. honored GWN as one of the most enterprising nonprofits improving the lives of New York City youth.

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Our Mission

The Girls Write Now mission is to provide guidance, support, and opportunities for at-risk and underserved girls from New York City’s public high schools to develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy school, career and life choices.

Our Impact

Our Impact

Success is what we do. Don’t just take our word for it — take a look at our numbers. We’re obsessed with evaluation to keep our program quality high.

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Meet The Community
This year, at the 2014 Girls Write Now Awards, we honored Gloria Steinem, Roberta Kaplan, and Dawn L. Davis. Check out honoree remarks, photos, press, and an event summary!
In Our Words
Our girls have led some incredible initiatives this summer--from music videos to conferences to great performances. Learn more in our July newsletter!
Breaking Through
The 2014 Girls Write Now Anthology, Breaking Through, is now available. With a foreword by NYC's First Lady Chirlane McCray and blurbs from Gloria Steinem, Roxanne Gay, Farai Chideya, and Meg Wolitzer, snag your copy now!