Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Apply by July 10, 2023 to be eligible for the 2023-2024 year.
The Collaboratory is Girls Write Now’s new home for our Expansive Community of mentors & mentees to connect and create.
> ONE-TO-ONE MENTORING
Build personal and professional mentoring relationships that last a lifetime!
> DIVERSE COLLECTION OF LEARNING JOURNEYS
Get exposure to all types of writing, with the option to embark with your mentor or mentee on a specialized track of poetry, audio, performance, leadership development, college essay writing, career readiness, and more—including workshops, independent studies, and self-paced projects attuned to your goals.
> COMMUNITY STUDIOS
Meet with a small community of mentors and mentees at least once a month to connect and share your interests and passions. Studios cover a wide range of genres, media, topics, and professions—held at different times and locations to fit your schedule.
> HYBRID & ASYNCHRONOUS CURRICULUM OFFERINGS:
Have the freedom and flexibility to decide when, where, and how you want to learn.
> UNIQUE LIBRARY OF COMMUNITY-INSPIRED RESOURCES & OPPORTUNITIES
Create, play, innovate, stretch—and make your mark.
A Holistic 360 Approach to Writing:
Learn at the Intersection of Language, Technology, and Art—and Across Industries.
Enrich, Expand, Extend, Experiment, Elevate, Empower
The Collaboratory is where we ENRICH ourselves with relationships and opportunities—for life. Here we EXPAND our minds and hearts, and EXTEND our networks. We EXPERIMENT as far as our imaginations take us. This is where we ELEVATE voices that have been ignored or silenced for too long. The Collaboratory is bursting with the next generation of writers and leaders EMPOWERED to share their stories—and decide how those stories are told.
Mentor & Mentee Collaborators
A Diverse, Expansive, Multi-Generational Community.
Mentor Collaborators—ages 25 to 95 from around the United States and across industries—are passionate about passing on their knowledge, experience, and craft to support the next generation of writers.
Mentee Collaborators—age 14-24 from all around the United States—want to learn and grow as writers and leaders across genres, media, and platforms, and down many different academic and career paths.
Commitment to Intersectional Voices
Girls Write Now strives to have a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. We encourage candidates from diverse and/or historically underrepresented backgrounds to apply to be mentors and mentees. We are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or any other legally protected status.
Girls Write Now welcomes cis women, transgender men and women, non-binary, 2Spirit, genderqueer, and other gender expansive identities as mentors and mentees. We are a space for writers and creators too often not given the respect, opportunity, and care due to their gender identity. This includes femme-presenting writers and creators connecting with each other around their femininity and experiences as girls and women.
Three Elements of your Mentor/Mentee Experience.
As a mentor or mentee in the coming year, you make a commitment to your partner and to the community at large from September 2023-June 2024, spending a minimum of three hours per month. The Collaboratory model has three mutually-reenforcing elements. Combining all three together is what makes them work, but this structure is balanced by lots of room for flexibility.
1. Mentor/Mentee Pair Sessions
Pair sessions are one-to-one meetings with your mentor or mentee that take place weekly or every other week. They are typically an hour long but can vary. These take place virtually on a range of platforms unless you live within traveling distance of your mentor/mentee.
2. Community Studios
Studios are small groups of mentors and mentees who gather each month to focus on certain genres, media, topics, or other points of entry. Mentors and mentees are required to attend at least one per month which you can select based on your shifting interests, needs, and schedules. This gives you an anchor into the community
3. Curricular Learning Journeys
Girls Write Now offers Learning Journeys on different genres, media, topics, and more. Many are project-based modules that can be taken live, virtually, and/or asynchronously. Each semester, you and your mentor/mentee have the choice of embarking on one or more adventures with specific goals, outcomes, and deliverables. Learning Journeys may range in time from a one day intensive bootcamp to 6 weeks to 9 months. Learning Journey registration begins after you are accepted into the Collaboratory.
Embark on a Learning Journey
(Or Hang Out in the Collaboratory—It’s Up to You!)
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.