Online | Open to prospective mentees & mentors,
parents, guardians, educators, community based organizations, and companies
Wondering if Girls Write Now is the community for you? Join us at our Summer Exploratory where you’ll learn about Girls Write Now’s Collaboratory—Learning Journeys, Studios, Mentorship, and more.
Girls Write Now welcomes mentors (25+) and mentees (14+) who are cis women, transgender men and women, non-binary, 2Spirit, genderqueer, and other gender expansive identities around the nation. We are a space for creation, learning, friendship, networking, professional development, and collaboration, especially for those who have not been given respect, opportunity, and care due to their gender identity.
At this Summer Exploratory, you’ll hear from our veteran
Mentors and Mentees about their GWN experiences, jump right in with some fun exercises on query letter writing led by GWN Mentor and literary agent Madeline Wallace, and learn how to apply to the Collaboratory. Plus, we’ll have a Q&A, so come with questions! We hope to see you there!
Madeline Wallace is an NYC transplant who hails from Indiana and works in the publishing industry as a literary assistant. She is deeply interested in author advocacy and is excited to represent her own clients in the future. On any given day, you’ll find her going for long walks, being ritualistic about her coffee consumption, rewatching an episode of Gilmore Girls, or debating what book to read next.
Jeanine Marie Russaw (she/her) is an autistic writer, educator, and content creator who boldly wears her HSP traits as badges of honor. She eagerly joins Girls Write Now with an open heart and a passion for the written word. Jeanine holds a B.A. in Journalism from Hofstra University and recently earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. While pursuing her M.A.T., she rolled up her sleeves and embraced life as an upper elementary classroom teacher, building relationships with more than 120 little someones at the height of a global pandemic. Over time, her love of reading and writing (and love of convincing kids to love reading and writing) became an unmistakable part of her teaching identity. As a writer, her words have found their way within the physical and cyber walls of NBC, CBS and Newsweek. A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Jeanine has called Harlem her home for the last seven years…though she has possessed the spirit of a New Yorker since birth.