Summer Exploratory: Culture, Language, & Storytelling
Wednesday, June 21
6:30-7:30 pm ET
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 Girls Write Now experiences; jump right in with an exercise on culture, language & storytelling led by Girls Write Now Fellow Sally Familia and mentee Izabell Mendez; 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!
Meet the Teaching Artist
Sally Familia (they/them) is a queer poet and freelance editor. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Washington Heights, Familia has a rooted passion for their community. They spent a year serving as senior editor for La Galería Magazine, a Dominican-based magazine for the Dominican diaspora in Washington Heights. They hold a B.A. in creative writing with a focus on poetry from SUNY Oswego. Most recently, Sally’s passions have shifted; now incorporating a strong desire to work with and for the youth. Sally hopes to merge their love for literature, Queer and BIPOC communities, and the youth as they continue to navigate the artist/ professional dichotomy. Sally has been awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for the poem, “The Trouble with Reminiscing” (2019). They were also nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Brooklyn Poets for the poem, “Esperanza, Republica Dominicana”. Sally is currently working on their first poetry collection.
This event is open to: