Girls Write Now’s Writing & Mentoring Program matches teen girls with professional women writers for an intensive mentoring relationship that lasts from one to four years. Alongside her mentor, each student hones her writing, editing, and public speaking skills; in the process, she becomes part of an intergenerational community of writers and builds self-confidence to make empowered choices in her school, career, and life. Mentoring pairs attend monthly workshops that explore subgenres within poetry, fiction, memoir, journalism and screen/playwriting (e.g. magic realism, column writing, poetic forms) and feature craft talks from guest authors. At their weekly pair sessions, mentoring pairs hone and polish pieces developed in workshops into final products to upload to their online portfolios and for applications to Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The program culminates in our four-part CHAPTERS Reading Series, where mentees perform their pieces alongside high-profile authors for audiences of up to 1,000 at major cultural venues like the New-York Historical Society, and publication of mentees’ and mentors’ work in our award-winning anthology.
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