Girls Write Now Dorkshops make dreams come true. Mentors and mentees in this spring’s Digital Media Mentoring Program brought their words to life at Creative Publishing Dorkshops where they learned to write, design, and produce their very own e-books.
Using InDesign as our palate, we blended writing with images, typography, and graphic design to create a collection of eye-popping e-book drafts. As we learned how to write setting, we played around with the effects of adding visual images to our words. As we wrote engaging dialogue, we explored the characteristics of typography. And as we honed our voice, we used graphic design to amplify our sound.
Held at Parsons the New School for Design, and lead by Parsons’ grad students and Girls Write Now staff and Youth Board, the semester of dorkshops culminated with the creation of a collaborative e-zine.
The 2013 e-zine
“This e-zine’s theme of New Worlds speaks beautifully to the digital space that Girls Write Now acknowledges is important for writers to understand.” — Marisa Aveling, FRANK151 Editor-in-Chief
Immerse yourself in a new dimension of writing: showcasing over fifty pages of original work by twenty mentors and mentees, including an original foreword by Marisa Aveling and preface by Youth Board Dorkshop Facilitators. Read the full e-zine now!
- Priscilla Guo, Identity
I am layered
Like an onion
Like my momma
put too many
jackets on me
I am layered.”
- Tema Regist, So I Keep On Running
“Shackles on my feet,
Whip pressed against my backside,
Whelps and bruises.
Images of my master stain my memory.
Rough soles that bare calluses that mark the path to freedom.
So I keep on running.”
- Iris Torres, Thoughts
“What if there were no such thing as ‘fortune’ or ‘money’. Pieces of cotton and special green paper with presidents faces on it have defined us. Money that we don’t have. Money that he burns. It’s money that controls us. It’s the fortune that we don’t have that gives us the drive — the competitive instinct to be better, bolder, prettier, sexier than the others.” Read More
From the Blog
Meet two mentees in the Creative Publishing dorkshops: Ariana, a first-year mentee from Staten Island, and Kirstie, a born and raised New Yorker in the 11th grade. Ari wrote about “all things dorky”, while Kirstie mused on the nature of creating a destination. Or get a behind-the-scenes summary from Emely and Shannon, two Youth Board members who helped to facilitate the Creative Publishing dorkshops with their trademark humor and enthusiasm.