This blog post was written by Izzy Abrams, Senior Program Coordinator. Izzy writes about her first Digital Media Mentoring workshop in her new position at Girls Write Now. This workshop was on radio playwriting.
It was on a rainy and cold Saturday that I arrived at the Kellen Auditorium at the New School for the first time. I was feeling pretty nervous. I like to imagine myself as a person that is immediately comfortable in every situation and is super chatty and really interesting. However, I know it is far more likely that I’ll awkwardly giggle in the corner near the cheese plate.
Luckily, it was around my 3rd or 4th cheese cube that I met the Girls Write Now team, some of whom would soon be my co-workers. Sierra, our brand new Program Coordinator, Christina, whose role I was transitioning in to and had established a wonderful program, and Tana, who isn’t even Girls Write Now staff but devotes four hours, one Saturday a month, to work with the girls at our digital media workshops as a volunteer. Everyone is doing different things, but they all fit into this wonderful community.
As I watched the girls and their mentors learn about radio playwriting, Christina and Tana guiding them through writing scenes, collecting sounds in their environment, I got to see how Girls Write Now runs as a living, breathing community. It’s always scary to start something new, but there’s something about Girls Write Now that makes me feel at home.