Big news for Girls Write Now — we are broadening our reach and growing — remarkably. After undergoing an intensive strategic planning process, our ambitious goals include doubling the number of girls served by our mentoring programs and enriching and extending our college prep and alumnae services. We’re thrilled that in just the first year of our three year plan, we have increased our program by 30%. It’s a great time for the next generation of women writers, and here’s what we have planned.
Mentee alum Romaissaa Benzizoune has fans — Roxane Gay, Lena Dunham — and now The New York Times, who just published her piece on the burkini ban. “When I first received the email reply from a Times editor saying that she was interested in pursuing my piece, I was extremely nervous,” Romaissaa tells us. Get the back story on how this piece found a global audience and what it felt like for the writer.
The model of Girls Write Now is based on the idea that writing is a communal act. That is also the rationale for Girls Write Now’s new annual membership programs, the Corporate Partnership Program and the Community Membership Program. We started this program to expand our network of supporters and expose our girls to opportunities they may not know of otherwise. Learn more about joining one of these programs and become a founding member. Together, we can support the next generation of women writers.
When authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Janet Mock told our mentees to “write your truth,” we knew a call to action would buoy this year’s overarching theme. After a thorough, organic process that included many voices (and a white board filled with ideas), the winning theme for the 2016-2017 program year is Rise, Speak, Change! Continuing the activism of last year’s theme, (R)evolution, these three powerful words will guide and shape us as we write the world, one girl at a time.
Girls Write Now celebrates the beginning of a new program year and a team of interns who hail from colleges all over New York (and as far as California), and who will be working across our organization from the Program team to Communications and Development. Learn more about the internship experience and find out how you can join our team.
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