March 9, 2018
Girls Write Now have announced their twentieth anniversary season!
by Molly Mellott
Girls Write Now (GWN) is a New York City-based non-profit that offers writing mentorships to high school girls from underserved communities. More than ninety-five percent of mentees are girls of color, more than ninety percent from high-need backgrounds. Each mentee is matched up with a mentor, typically a professional in the writing world, who will guide her through weekly and monthly workshops throughout the academic year.
Each year, GWN produces a themed anthology of writing from program participants. In 2018, the organization is celebrating its twentieth anniversary, and the anthology’s theme is “Generation F.” As we sort through the #MeToo movement and the aftermath of the Women’s March, this ought to be a particularly lively edition — GWN’s work has never felt so pertinent, and there has never been so great a need for a diversity of female voices.
GWN also organizes public readings for participating girls to share their work, in an event series called CHAPTERS at the New York Historical Society. Each CHAPTERS session features an accomplished writer with a keynote speech, followed by a program of girls reading their own writing. Molly Crabapple, an artist and author whose latest novel, Drawing Blood, is forthcoming this June, will be kicking off this year’s CHAPTERS season on March 16th. Other 2018 CHAPTERS readers will include Sour Heart author Jenny Zhang and The Female Persuasion author Meg Wolitzer.
For a complete schedule of this year’s events, click right here.
Molly Mellott is an intern at Melville House, and at Girls Write Now.