Writing Works is Girls Write Now’s college and career readiness program matching young women and gender non-conforming youth with professionals across industries as their “mentors for the day.”
Mentees get support with college essays, scholarships, internships, and professional writing across a broad range of industries, including behind the scenes experiences with HBO, Penguin Random House, the Royal Bank of Canada, the beauty & lifestyle company Fresh beauty, and many more.
Writing Works is comprised of a series of workshops and special opportunities throughout the 2019-2020 program year. It is less intensive and just as dynamic as the year-long program, with the advantage that both mentors and mentees can sign up for individual events that fit their schedules.
Writing Works College & Career Readiness
At Girls Write Now, “Writing Works” means growing a writing and technology pipeline into the schools and industries that need your talents most. In Writing Works, we mentor young women and gender non-conforming youth to be creative thinkers, clear communicators, and competitive candidates for the trails they choose to blaze—across all industries from publishing and advertising to entertainment, finance, and beyond. We offer unique academic and professional preparation at all levels from college prep and industry exposure in high school, to internships for college students and recent graduates, to entry and associate level employee placements. Writing Works includes:
- College & Career Skill-building: Workshops on college and scholarship essays, cover letters, interviews, personal branding, and more
- Industry Exposure: High profile speakers and introductions to professionals in publishing, banking, entertainment and more, as well as invitations to theatre, movies, and special events
- Employment Opportunities: Resource sharing, bylines, internship and job placements
Be a Writing Works Mentor for the Day
Writing Works mentors are professional women, gender non-conforming individuals, and men from a number of industries who understand the value of writing. As a mentor, you will:
- Work one-to-one or in small groups with New York City youth to help them jumpstart their college and career journeys.
- Support youth in brainstorming, drafting, and tell their own stories in a compelling way.
- Provide feedback on writing you will find familiar (e.g. college essays, resumes, and the kind of writing you do in your job every day!)
- Share the twists and turns of your own personal and professional journeys—what works and what doesn’t!
- Writing Works mentors are a wide range of professionals who use writing in their careers, but are not required to be professional writers. Writing Works workshops are led by professional writers and teachers who will orient and prepare all mentors for their experience.
Be a Writing Works Mentee
Writing Works mentees are young women and gender nonconforming youth in high school, college, and beyond. As a mentee, you will:
- Attend individual workshops and special events in which you will learn from a wide range of professionals who use writing in their jobs every day.
- Brainstorm and draft your essay, cover letter, resume, and more with feedback from professionals—your mentors for the day.
- Get a behind-the-scenes look, and learn the kinds of writing needed, at companies across industries, from publishing to entertainment to finance, and more.
- Have access to exclusive opportunities, including internships, jobs, and one-of-a-kind performances and events.
Writing Works Calendar
- Wednesday, October 7, 4-6:30PM: College Essay Writing w/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Wednesday, November 20, 4-6:30PM: Scholarship Writing at Girls Write Now
- Saturday, December 14, 10AM-3PM: Wellness Expo w/ STARS Citywide Girls Initiative
- Wednesday, December 18, 4-6:30PM: Internship Writing at Girls Write Now
- Wednesday, January 29, 4-6:30PM: Work/Life Balance & Professional Networking with HBO
- Wednesday, February 26, 4-6:30PM: Storytelling with Fresh
- Postponed: Reclaiming our Parks with STARS Citywide Girls Initiative
- Postponed: Elevator Pitches with RBC
- Wednesday, April 29, 4-6:30PM: Time Management at Girls Write Now
- Wednesday, May 20, 4-6:30PM: Profile Writing with NBC
- Saturday, June 20, 10AM-3PM: Writing Works Career Day at the New York Historical Society
- Saturdays, 10AM-5:30PM range: One-to-one College Essay Writing Sessions on November 16, December 7 & 24, January 11 & 25, March 14 & 28, April 18 & 25, and May 9 & 30