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MULTI-GENRE, MULTIMEDIA WORKSHOPS
Through our monthly workshops, 100% of mentees gain creative, critical, digital, and professional development writing skills. We kicked off our program year with two complementary workshops spanning print and multimedia: profile writing with author and journalist Zaina Arafat (above, mentee Jayli interviews her mentor Izzy as she crafts a profile); and visual storytelling where mentees told their own personal stories through design, with professor Louisa Campbell and her grad students in the Design & Technology department of The New School.
AGENTS OF CHANGE AWARDS
At our 2019 Agents of Change Awards, hosted by DVF Studios, we celebrated change-agents who are amplifying diverse voices across industries. Mentees confidently shared their original work to a packed audience, including the legendary Cicely Tyson. Mentees also participated in a talkback with Honoree Robin Thede, the Writer and Executive Producer of HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show. “There is nothing more powerful than a woman who writes,” says Robin.
ORIENTATION AT THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
This year, Girls Write Now is all about taking our place in history. How fitting to conduct our orientation at the N-Y Historical Society! Mentees and mentors learned to research their own history in the NYHS library, and build their own portfolio websites from scratch in the new Tech Commons, a digital media and STEM maker space for teens. Our partnership with N-Y Historical Society allows us to explore our stories at the intersection of history and technology.
FRIDAY NIGHT READING SERIES
Our Multimedia Reading Series is an opportunity for mentees to share their final original work—poems, memoirs, digital stories, and more—developed at workshops and with the guidance of their mentors throughout the year. These events draw audiences in the thousands, and we’ve featured keynotes from award-winning authors, including Roxane Gay, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Laurie Halse Anderson. Join us for this year’s Spring Series, and save the dates: March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st, May 15th, and June 5th.
WRITING WORKS PROGRAM
“Writing Works” is our workforce development program, growing a writing and technology pipeline of talent into the industries that need our young women most. Writing Works is based on the principle that writing is crucial across all industries from publishing and advertising to entertainment, finance, and beyond. This year, we partnered with companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HBO, RBC, and Forbes, featured above at our financial journalism workshop, where mentees learned about the magazine industry and how writing can make you money.