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Friday, October 6 @ 6:00 PM ET
Girls Write Now and NaNoWriMo cordially invite you to an evening filled mystery, murder, and a touch of magic. In this Friday Night Salon, we will be talking about writing mysteries, crafting mysteries alongside other genres like fantasy and historical fiction, and how to execute the perfect (fictional) murder.
Saturday, October 21 @ 11:00 AM ET
In this workshop, we will focus on the skill of rhyming in spoken word poetry. Participants will be presented with various writing prompts that challenge their rhyming skills. A number of literary devices will also be discussed, such as, alliteration and wordplay.
The Alumni Benefit Bundle
Reconnect as an Alum to Access these Benefits
Access to the Girls Write Now Collaboratory, including Studios and Learning Journeys
Networking and community through Slack channels and direct messages
VIP Access to Special Events like the Girls Write Now Awards this fall
Resources & Opportunities
Access to a myriad of resources and opportunities for alum
Publish Your Author Page & Your Writing
Opportunities to publish your work on the Girls Write Now website
Share Your Story
Share your story through our podcasts, like Speaking in First Draft or Life@GWN Blog.
The Collaboratory is Girls Write Now’s new home for our Expansive Community of mentors & mentees to Reconnect and create as Alum.
A yearlong initiative to harness the power of storytelling and inspire change. Pairs who participate in this initiative will design projects & receive resources to use storytelling and creativity to make an impact on their local communities.
Fall 2023 &
One cohort will meet in the Fall, and one cohort will meet in the Spring. Pairs who participate in this initiative will learn all they need to find and secure careers that fulfill and supports them.
Fall 2023 &
One cohort will meet in the Fall, and one cohort will meet in the Spring. Pairs who participate in this initiative will learn the ins and outs of college applications as they prepare for the next step in their academic journey.
Fall 2023 &
The instability of the past three years has led to a mental-health crisis among young people. Ross Gay’s Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is an antidote. Build your capacity for wonder, gratitude, and resilience by engaging with the text, writing poetry in response, then performing as a podcast.
Create and design multimedia work to be a part of a Girls Write Now printed publication.
Conceptualize and create an audio production to be hosted on Girls Write Now’s publishing platform.
Learn performance tech skills, gain experience, and feel confident performing original work in virtual, in-person, and hybrid formats.
Professional development for mentors, mentees, and staff to become Teaching Artists.
From Girls Write Now & Our Community
Do you know what it’s like to communicate with your family across a salty ocean’s divide? Do you want the sun and moon to enter your home with stories written in embers? Do you seek voices that will shatter expectations? Welcome to the other side of everything. We are thrilled to announce our newest publication, Girls Write Now On the Other Side of Everything: 2023 Anthology.
Check out other amazing books by Girls Write Now alum, including Gray Love by Nan Bauer-Maglin; Confessions in B-Flat by Donna Hill; Cover Charge by Linda Kleinbub; and Relations: An Anthology of African and Diaspora Voices edited by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond.
Podcast Series Showcasing Alum
Speaking in First Draft
In Girls Write Now’s debut podcast, Speaking in First Draft, alumni and other community members sit down to share a draft of one of their works in progress—discussing both the writing process and what creative expression looks like to them. Listeners have the opportunity to engage with the inner machinations and perspectives of writers, producers, and artists from a diversity of episodes and stories. Interested in being featured on Girls Write Now’s debut podcast?
Alum Stories on Life @ GWN Blog
Featuring Jada Fitzpatrick, Mentee Alum, Class of 2016
Life@GWN Blog introduces our inclusive community of story keepers (#storytellers, #storygrowers, & #storyseekers).
Pairing with Linda is one of the best things that’s happened to me. When I wasn’t at a Girls Write Now workshop, Linda and I sought out writing inspiration at art museums, tried out food in new restaurants followed by writing sessions, or rode the Cyclone and tried clams at Coney Island!
Linda continues to be a positive role model. We face new challenges together and she’s helped me conquer my fears. She recently came to Connecticut to teach me how to drive! More than navigating confidently behind the wheel, Linda taught me, “What do you have to lose? The worst that could happen is you get a no.”
More Alum Original Stories
Becoming Manar the Star
Growing up, I wasn’t used to seeing many Muslim leaders in my community, on TV, or in pop culture. But now I see public figures beginning to rise and represent the Muslim community—from civil rights leaders like model Halima Aden to political activists like Representative Ilhan Omar. Finally having people who look like me taking big steps is inspiring beyond words.
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Mentor & Mentee Ambassadors Give Back
Lauren Kiel is a Girls Write Now mentor alum and general manager for Bloomberg Green, Bloomberg Media’s multiplatform editorial brand focused on climate and sustainability news. She not only made an indelible impact on her own two mentees, but supported the entire community by earning matching funds from her company.
I have sung the praises of Girls Write Now to countless people over the last five years. I hope through my involvement with the organization to be able to pay some of that forward by helping to invest in othersLauren Kiel, Girls Write Now Mentor 2018-2022