“My whole life has been supported by the gift of being given the space to tell stories. Seeing these brilliant and driven young women take on the world through words gives me so much hope for the future…and the world.”
– Jenni Konner, executive producer, writer, and director of HBO’s Girls and cofounder of LennyLetter.com
Each mentee who goes through the Girls Write Now program graduates with a robust portfolio of work that has been cultivated by their mentor and the community during a supportive and extensive writing process.
In our workshops, our mentors and mentees spark their creativity with writing exercises that take them through the genres, including fiction, poetry, memoir, journalism, playwriting, screenwriting, and for mentees in our digital program integrating those genres into digital storytelling, such as podcasts, ‘zines, and online memoir maps. With their mentors by their side, and a community of supporters, including craft talk authors who come in to speak and share their secrets and Parsons graduate students who share their digital expertise, our mentees develop their pieces.
After each workshop, our mentees share their work in progress in secure online portfolios for mentors and mentees-only ensuring they have a safe space to explore their ideas and writing. This process is supported every step of the way, culminating in a public debut, and the work is published in our award-winning anthology and multi-media anthology, performed on stage before an enthusiastic audience, and plucked from the public and presented on platforms such as The New York Times, AOL, Newsweek and more.
A Sample of Writing & Multimedia Pieces: