You’re invited to the 2016 Girls Write Now Awards on May 17 in Tribeca. Spend the evening honoring three leaders who are evolving the narrative and igniting change for our girls: Jenni Konner, executive producer, writer, and director for HBO’s Girls and co-founder of LennyLetter.com; Janet Mock, author of Redefining Realness 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.
Don’t forget, CHAPTERS kicks off this Friday at the General Society Library with Tanwi Nandini Islam! The second installment on April 15 features keynote speaker Mia Alvar, author of the collection of stories, In the Country. Mia is a Girls Write Now mentor alum, a teacher in Columbia University’s graduate writing program, and a former Writer-in-Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Meet Mia and grab your tickets for the series.
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“The only thing greater than#BUILTBYGIRLS is the extraordinary resilience that comes from young women saying yes to tech, while tech companies say no to them.” Continuing Girls Write Now’s two-year partnership with AOL, our mentees attended their Hashtag series: “Tech of Love and Communication” featuring panelists from OkCupid, Kickstarter, and Cosmopolitan.com. Thasfia Chowdury, from our Digital Media Mentoring Program, shares her experiences.
“…the work of Girls Write Now and, most importantly, the girls in the program, gives me tremendous hope and excitement about what the future holds in store. I can’t wait to see what these girls dream up in the coming years.” When mentor Kaitlyn Greenidge‘s debut novel We Love You Charlie Freeman released this month, we had the pleasure of talking with her about her role as mentor, her relationship with her mentee Angel Pizarro, and her life as a writer. We love you, Kaitlyn!
“I am so proud of myself for starting to grow not only as a writer but as an individual, for taking part in the opportunity of my dreams, and for sharing my passion with other amazing ladies.” – 2015-16 mentee. Every evening for two weeks, the Girls Write Now offices were abuzz as mentor-mentee pairs met individually with leadership to discuss challenges and goals – and their own personal writing “(r)evolutions”.