This blog post was written by Mentee alum, Masfi.
My time at Girls Write Now has been instrumental to my literary growth. I fondly remember being paired with Kristina Rodulfo, an enthusiastic and understanding mentor, attending workshops with a diverse group of other female writers, and being welcomed into the Girls Write Now family. I challenged myself and redefined my limits. With the confidence and new skills instilled by Girls Write Now, I recently created For the Sonorous, a literary journal and collective dedicated to empowering girls and women of color.
We are currently open for poetry, prose, and art submissions until January 31, 2017 for our very first issue. We accept both previously published and unpublished works. Our team includes dedicated genre editors who provide detailed feedback to all submissions in order to encourage artistic growth. Accepted works will be published in a free, online issue. I have no doubt that Girls Write Now mentors and mentees of color will find homes for their pieces within our journal.
We also created a literary community for female writers of color called The Sonorous Network. Girls Write Now introduced me to the importance of a supportive community, and I wanted to extend that feeling to others. After hearing about the Girls Write Now alumnae network on Slack, I was inspired to base The Sonorous Network there as well. I can never thank Girls Write Now enough for planting this idea. Our community includes channels to share writing for feedback, weekly prompts, and craft discussion theories. We would love to have Girls Write Now mentors and mentees join, connect with others, and watch themselves grow.
Look for more information about our mission, masthead, journal submissions, and The Sonorous Network on the Sonorous website. Mentors and mentees, please check it out! Using Wix during Girls Write Now’s Digital Media Mentoring workshops inspired me to build a website there.
Thank you to Girls Write Now for inspiring and guiding the next generation of women.