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“We had the honor of spending some time with Maya Nussbaum, founder and executive director of Girls Write Now, which mentors and empowers young women by matching girls with professional women writers, inspiring life-long relationships and tearing down stereotypes.” Read more
Chime for Change
“January is National Mentoring Month in the United States. And the New York based NGO Girls Write Now is purposely celebrating its 20th anniversary. This week we will publish a series on mental health written by both mentors and mentees.” Read more
“To celebrate International Day of the Girl, we asked three teen girls to paint their picture of a perfect, equal future. It’s a sobering look at how far we still have to go—and an inspiring view of the young women who will lead us there…” Read more
“We lie a little about the power of storytelling,” said Melissa Harris-Perry at the fifth annual Girls Write Now Awards, an event that honors trailblazing women who are changing the world with their words. “We lie about the notion that storytelling is always empowering.” No, she corrected: Storytelling is hard…” Read more
Mentee Alum Kilhah St Fort Receives Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship
The Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship is a three year, cohort-based program that provides funded summer internships and unprecedented opportunities to promising undergraduate students from 12 New York City partner institutions.
Upswing Fund Partners with Girls Write Now for Mental Wellness
We’re proud and grateful to continue our partnership with Melinda Gates’ The Upswing Fund and the Schultz Family Foundation for the 3rd consecutive year!
Mentee Megumi Jindo Performs at Vital Voices Mentoring Walk
Mentee Megumi Jindo performed a poem she wrote in honor of the Vital Voices Mentoring Walk, called “The Vision We Reach,” and performed it at the panel at DVF Studios.
Remembering Mentor Adina Talve-Goodman Through Her Essays
Adina’s book of essays, Your Hearts, Your Scars, chronicles the solemn, bewildering, painful, and at times humorous, aspects of her chronic illness. This year, her book was published posthumously by Bellevue Literary Press, and speaks as a testament to the warmth and ferocity of Adina’s life.
Mentee Carina Solis Publishes Chapbook “Daughtersong”
“I hope that the Girls Write Now community will enjoy this chapbook.”
From the Archives: Mentee Fiki Hunt Interviews Girls Write Now Champion Robin Thede
This inspiring Q&A between mentee alum Fiki Hunt and comedian Robin Thede took place at the 2019 Agents of Change Awards at DVF Studios.
Tashi & Nancy
What happened when a Midwestern woman and a Tibetan girl met through Girls Write Now? Nancy Shapiro reflects on 15 years of friendship and mentorship with Tashi Sangamo.
Channel Kindness and Girls Write Now Launch Story Collection
Channel Kindness, a project of the Born This Way Foundation, and Girls Write Now are excited to announce the launch of Kindness Collection, a series of stories written by mentees sharing their experiences and diverse perspectives.
Longtime Film Forum Director to Step Down After 50 Years
January 9, 2023 Announced in The New York Times, longtime Film Forum director Karen Cooper will be stepping down in July, transitioning leadership to Sonya Chung. When Cooper took Film…
Vote for Girls Write Now Through Target Circle by March 31
Because Target believes our work resonates with their guests, we have been invited to raise awareness for our work eradicating the barriers of gender, race, age, and poverty to mentor the next generation of writers and leaders. Together, our community channels the power of our voices and stories to shape culture, impact industries, and inspire change.
Mentor Alum Nana Brew-Hammond Releases New Anthology of African and Diaspora Writing
Mentor alum Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is releasing a new anthology of African and Diaspora essays, stories, and poems called Relations. The book will be published on January 17, 2023, by Harper Collins, and is currently available for pre-order.
Mentor KK Apple Stars in Off-Broadway Comedy
Six Chick Flicks runs at the Soho Playhouse December 12-21. Use promo code “WRITENOW” for a special buy-on-get-one discount for you and your mentor/mentee!
Jillian Daneshwar on Winning Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key
November 30, 2022 Mentee Jillian Daneshwar said she was “overwhelmed with pride” when she learned that she had won a Gold Key in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for…
34 Books By Indigenous Authors to Read for Thanksgiving Break (And Every Day)
Annabel Young, a Saginaw Chippewa descendant (ajijaak/crane clan) and Girls Write Now Fellow gives us 34 books by woman-identifying and trans Indigenous authors to read over Thanksgiving break.
Mentee Maria Ruiz’s Essay “My Life with a Brain Tumor” Published in Choices Magazine
This essay was selected as the grand prize winner in the My Life With Essay Contest, and it chronicles Maria’s health struggles after the initial discovery of her brain tumor when she was just 15 years old.