Writing Works workshops offer mentees support with college essays, scholarships, internships, and professional writing across a broad range of industries, including behind the scenes experiences with HBO, Penguin Random House, the Royal Bank of Canada, the beauty & lifestyle company Fresh, and many more. Writing Works mentees have the opportunity to interact with a wide range of professionals who use writing in their jobs every day.
- Learn about becoming a Writing Works Mentor
- Learn about becoming a Writing Works Mentee
- Become on Agent of Change Corporate Partner and diversify voices in your industry through through Talent Acquisition, Employee Engagement, Diversity Inclusion, Publicity, and more.
WHY WRITING WORKS
Underserved young women and gender non-conforming youth do not have adequate support and opportunities on the pathway to college and career. Meanwhile, companies are severely lacking in class and race diversity—as well as skilled writers.
“Writing Works” is a workforce development program that creates a win-win for emerging writers, and the schools and companies in need of their talent.
At Girls Write Now, Writing Works means growing a writing and technology pipeline by mentoring young women and gender non-conforming youth to be creative thinkers, clear communicators, and competitive candidates for the trails they choose to blaze. Writing Works is based on the principle that writing is crucial across all industries from publishing and advertising to entertainment, finance, and beyond.
THE GRIM STATS
- Roughly half of the more than 2 million students who enter college each year will leave with a diploma.
- Less than 30% will complete their degree in four years.
- These factors disproportionately affect youth from underserved backgrounds.
- Diverse candidates who do manage to enter the workforce often find closed doors to a range of industries.
- According to employers, a quarter of college graduate hires not only have deficient writing skills, but lack proper communication skills across the board.
- Blue-chip businesses are spending as much as $3 billion on remedial writing training for their employees—annually.
THE WRITING WORKS APPROACH
Writing Works offers unique professional development at all levels from exposure in high school, to internships for college student and recent graduates, to entry and associate level employee placements. At Writing Works, we teach mentees to take creative risks when telling their original stories in order to capture the attention of admissions officers and job recruiters, and rise to the top of the pile. Services are light touch, high impact, and modular, engaging “mentors for the day”, including:
- College & Career Skill-building: Workshops on resumes, cover letters, interviews, personal branding, and more
- Industry Exposure & Networking: High profile speakers, behind-the-scenes access at corporations, shows, and other special events
- Employment Opportunities: Resource sharing, bylines, internship and job placements
There is a demand for stellar communication and writing and, through Writing Works, Girls Write Now is meeting it. Girls Write Now’s bright, diverse mentees are poised to become the next generation of creators, authors, producers, publishers, and talent.