Applications are open! Now is the time to apply to be a Girls Write Now mentor or mentee. Join an intergenerational community of women all connected by the shared interest of writing and storytelling. Are you a high school girl or professional female writer or media maker looking to form a one-to-one mentoring relationship and turn fierce words into powerful stories, poems, podcasts, plays, eBooks, blogs, and more? Learn more and apply early. Deadline is June 1 and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Don’t forget, CHAPTERS returns this tomorrow, April 15 at the General Society Library with Mia Alvar! The third installment of CHAPTERS is on May 20 and features keynote speaker Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 15) On Girls Write Now, Angela says: “…get to know the next generation of necessary voices: they are young, they are talented, and they are brave.” Her fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, and she has written for the New Republic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications. Meet Angela and grab your tickets for the series.
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The 2016 Girls Write Now Awards includes an amazing lineup of honorees: Jenni Konner, executive producer, writer, and director for HBO’s Girls, co-founder of LennyLetter.com, and now partnering with Random House to create her own imprint with Lena Dunahm; Janet Mock, author of Redefining Realness and the forthcoming Firsts: A Memoir of the Twenties Experience and host of MSNBC’s So POPular!; and John Osborn, President & CEO of BBDO New York, creators of the Barbie “Imagine the Possibilities” Campaign. Alicia Menendez, anchor and special correspondent for Fusion, will serve as our emcee. Get to know our speakers and make sure to purchase your tickets for the May 17 event!
Poet, activist, and writer Grace Dunham was the featured craft talk author at our March poetry workshop. Says Grace, “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.” First year mentee, Laura Rose, shares her reflections on the skills she developed from this dynamic workshop. Emotions aren’t simply anchored to a specific place or event, they bloom there, and the pollinated seeds cling to you, eager to sprout again….Grace empowered me and my peers to connect much more deeply to sensations, so that our writing in turn could be more deep.”
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QWERTY Digital Media Exhibition — Saturday, June 4, 6-8 PM, at Downtown Community Center–showcases our teen’s incredibly innovative, genre-and medium-bending work from the Digital Media Mentoring Program. Keynote guest speakers for this year’s exhibition include writer, editor, and public speaker Ashley C. Ford, Executive Communications Senior Associate at Google Kayla Conti, black feminist culture writer for Revelist Evette Dionne, and Girls Write Now mentor and Digital Producer Bec Susan Gill.