“ Writing down how we feel is one of the bravest things we can do. We need our feelings to make a more just and loving world.” —GRACE DUNHAM, writer, poet, and Girls Write Now craft talk speaker
Girls Write Now is excited to announce the next installment in our award-winning anthology series, (R)evolution: The 2016 Girls Write Now Anthology. This literary celebration showcases the girls and their mentors’ best work, from poetry and fiction to screenplays and memoirs.
(R)evolution is published by She Writes Press (May 2016) and made possible thanks to a charitable donation from Amazon Literary Partnership.
(R)evolution will explore our evolving creative narrative, celebrating the importance of igniting change and starting anew as writers, thinkers, women, and media makers. It features a foreword by Francine Prose, New York Timesbest-selling author and professor at Bard College, and an introduction by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (and last year’s June CHAPTERS keynote speaker).
“The stories, essays, and poems gathered from mentees in (R)evolution: The Girls Write 2016 Anthology are expressions of, and vehicles to, power. Writing them, the girls discover who they are and who they want to be — and how they want their community and their country to be. They create worlds, turn their friends and family into characters on the page, and reach new understandings. And the power they gather from writing carries over into their daily lives. Writing these pieces, the girls learn how to talk, how to reason, how to express themselves. They learn that what they think and say matters.”
— Francine Prose
The Girls Write Now anthology series has been recognized as the Outstanding Book of the Year in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and has earned additional honors from the International Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the New York Book Festival, the San Francisco Book Festival, and the Paris Book Festival.
Our anthologies have received praise from Gloria Steinem, Roxane Gay, Meg Wolitzer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Christina Baker Kline, Eve Ensler, Isaac Fitzgerald, Emily St. John Mandel, Janet Mock, and countless others. Says People magazine, “It’s hard not to be inspired.”
“A girl who learns to speak up for herself will grow into a woman with the capability to do great things in the world. Read Girls Write Now’s anthology (R)evolution, and get to know the next generation of necessary voices: they are young, they are talented, and they are brave.”
—ANGELA FLOURNOY, author of The Turner House
“It’s hard to think of a more important endeavor for a girl than learning how to use her voice. Through Girls Write Now, the young women in this book have encountered new experiences, new ideas, new challenges, all of which inform and strengthen their voices. The writing here is fresh and alive. You are about to experience the great joy of reading new artists as they begin to discover themselves and their powers.”
—KAITLYN GREENIDGE, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman and Girls Write Now mentor
“My whole life has been supported by the gift of being given the space to tell stories. Seeing these brilliant and driven young women take on the world through words gives me so much hope for the future, both of television and the world.”
—JENNI KONNER, co-author with Lena Dunham of the weekly feminist online newsletter and website LennyLetter.com, and executive producer, co-writer, and showrunner of HBO’s Girls