Stephanie Golden, a Girls Write Now mentor, recently published “Hair is More Than Serious Business: It’s Identity,” an essay in The Manifest-Station that began with a prompt from our fashion memoir workshop in 2019.
“I’m particularly happy to announce the publication of this essay here, because the idea behind it originated in a GWN workshop back in 2019, when we were still in person. The craft speaker had us write a fashion memoir, describing how what we were wearing represented our culture and values. Everyone else began scribbling, but I didn’t. All I could think about was how I spent so much time in my adolescence up until my 20s sewing clothes. I began to wonder why I’d done this, since I didn’t particularly enjoy it–I just assumed I should do it. So I started writing about that. The resulting essay went through many revisions and turned out to be mostly about hair, but the clothes are in there too.”