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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Unknown

Mission: Girls Write Now Inc. (GWN) is New York’s premier creative writing and mentoring non-profit organization, matching bright, creative teenage girls from the city’s public high schools with professional women writers in the community since 1998. Through weekly one-to-one mentoring, monthly group genre-based workshops, and a five-part public reading series, their mission is to provide a safe and supportive environment where underserved or at-risk high school girls can expand their natural writing talents, develop independent voices, and build confidence in making healthy choices in school, career and life. The organization has recently been featured in The New York Times and on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Girls Write Now has been distinguished by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as one of the top arts- and humanities-based programs in the country serving youth beyond the school hours. More: www.girlswritenow.org.

Geographic areas served: New York City

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a mentee in the GWN program, it's been the best experience I've had. It's amazing how so much peole have the same interest as I do. It's amazing how a writing program can promote so much enthusiasm towards writing. Well this program has. I've had an amazing time with my mentor who I love very much. I mean why in the world would I give up my time and some Saturdays for 3 of my life that I would never get back to a program I don't like. I wouldn't. So thank you for all GWN has given me.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Girls Write Now is a phenomenal program that allows young girls to further their writing with professional women writers. What can be better than that? It's helpful, relaxed, fun, and encouraging.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've always loved writing. As I grew older I began to notice fewer opportunities for young writers in and out of school. The writing programs I did find would usually cost a bit of money for just a handful of classes. So when I came home from my first workshop at Girls Write Now I was ecstatic. My writing was not the only thing that flourished with the help of my mentor and fellow mentees. My self confidence grew and I became more comfortable with sharing my work. I found support and guidance at Girls Write Now and strong women to look up to. GWN is not just about the writing, it's about building relationships and supporting the innovation of my generation.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Write, eat good food, write some more, and go home knowing something new about a new genre of writing. I especially enjoyed the playwriting workshop, because it was relaxed and fun.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the first year I've been involved with Girls Write Now, and I honestly had more fun at their orientation than I thought I would. I was there for 5 hours and never got bored. It was really enjoyable and everyone was so friendly. :)

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my fourth year as a mentee at GWN. It has completely changed my life in both implicit and explicit ways. I have become a noticeably better writer through workshops, but especially through the relationship I have built with my wonderful mentor who shares her talent and passion with me. In terms of my life, GWN has heightened my exposure to diversity and the ways in which I exist in this world as a member of a writing community that is representative of a global community. I love this program with all my heart and I am so grateful for what it has given to me and how I have seen it give to others.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Girls Write Now is not only a community but a force. They are a dedicated and passionate organization. Without their sense of community and desire to give girls the space to write, I don't know what type of writer I would be today. Like many public high schools, my school did not teach creative writing. Girls Right Now introduced me to a group of serious, professional writers. Their organization helped me feel less isolated in my high school. Girls Write Now introduced me to the poet, Zaedryn Meade. She tirelessly encouraged me to write. Without Girls Write Now and the great support they offered, I would never have met her. We've been friends since!

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Girls Write Now is a wonderful organization with the ability to support and encourage the growth of many young girls who need it. Girls Write Now has increased my courage and self-confidence, and for that I will always be grateful.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My English (not only writing, but also reading & speaking)improved a lot through Girls Write Now!! The activities & programs that they offered are excellent~! I am proud and blessed of being a mentee of the community

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my third year as a mentee with Girls Write Now. My time with this organization has helped me grow immensely as a writer and as a person, and my mentor will be a life-long friend.