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Girls Write Now: A Story Collection
An hour ago or so, all of us stood on this stage,
squeezing each others hands
passing something completely intangible around
like I am I am I am
I am part of something
and I thank you from my very heart
for the opportunity to be so part of something
and for being given the opportunity to push myself and push against that knot of anxiety
your laughter and your companionship and your faith and your love loosened that knot and nudged it off
and encouraged me allowed me to flower
thank you for that
and I love all of you for that
–Mentee Tiffani Ren
A dialogue between Natalie and Danielle in response to a portion of an open letter to girls, written by Danielle, sharing her insight on becoming a woman. Natalie read the letter and had some questions.
Inspired by Rilke’s Letters To A Young Poet, Letters To A Young Poetess is the feminized and updated homage by Kiki Tom and Gabriella Calabia. Beginning a written correspondence upon being paired as mentor and mentee, the two delve into sharing thoughts, questions and feelings about writing and what it takes to share one’s voice.
This is a collection of haikus written between January 10 and January 23 that captures our combined experiences.
Starting the program in my freshman year of high school meant I grew up with Girls Write Now. Although saying goodbye is difficult, it brings me great joy to present our history.
Why do college admissions view a holistic picture of a candidate’s eligibility? Why is “contextualization” a key part of the College Board’s grading in AP History tests? Why do people say “you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover?” As writers or friends of writing, we value narrative. But more important than narrative is understanding it in the context of every other thread of narrative occurring simultaneously. As the one program that followed me through all four years of high school, Girls Write Now has the unique ability to measure my growth in the context of the rest of my high school life. My digital media piece is inspired by this.