For more than two decades, the nationally award-winning nonprofit Girls Write Now has broken down the barriers of gender, race, age & poverty, elevating the voices of writers who are too often not heard—or worse, silenced.
An Array of Writing & Mentoring Programs that Engage & Inspire
Girls Write Now uses writing as a vehicle to build real relationships and offer holistic services for teen girls and gender-expansive youth from systemically disadvantaged backgrounds—mentoring them throughout high school, college, career and beyond.
Our mentees are aspiring writers ranging in age from 13-24, and our mentors are a diverse group of dedicated professionals 25-85+. Mentors and mentees hail from all five boroughs, across the nation, and originally from around the world.
All writing and mentoring programs include:
- intensive one-to-one mentoring relationships
- community workshops that build a wide range of writing skills
- presentation & publication opportunities
- wellness-minded programming
- college and career development
We also offer employees from our corporate partners light-touch opportunities to “mentor for the day” by sharing their personal and professional journeys and passing on their craft.
Get to Know Our Programs
Intro to Writing
Writing 360 Program
Writing 360 is our flagship writing and mentoring program, matching young women and gender expansive youth with professional writers for a one-to-one mentorship and community writing experience structured around creative, critical and digital skill-based programming and services. Think of this as “Intro to Writing,” where mentors and mentees explore a wide range of genres and media, from poetry, fiction, memoir, journalism and screen/playwriting to podcasting, animation, video editing and more.
Publishing 360 Program
Publishing 360 is our advanced writing and mentoring program, matching young women and gender expansive youth with professional writers for a one-to-one mentorship and community writing experience. The Publishing 360 Program structure and approach mirrors the flagship Writing 360 Program but takes a deeper dive into advanced digital storytelling by sharpening your visual and audio production skills. Mentors and mentees edit their own and others’ work and share the collective stories of the next generation.
Professional Development Writing
Writing Works Program
Writing Works is our professional development writing and mentoring program, matching young women and gender expansive youth with professional writers for a one-to-one mentorship and community writing experience, bolstered by industry exposure and networking within companies from publishing and media, to beauty, finance and more. At Girls Write Now, “Writing Works” means growing a writing and technology pipeline into the schools and industries that need your talents most.
Agents of Change Partners
Inspired by a sense of urgency to elevate diverse talent across industries, Girls Write Now proudly aligns with academic, community-based and corporate institutions—our Agents of Change—to build customized holistic partnerships. Through employee engagement, talent referrals, in-house mentorships, speaker features, and more, Girls Write Now creates meaningful experiences for employees and helps shift the cultural landscape of publishing, media, finance, beauty and beyond.
Want to Be Part of the Movement?
Girls Write Now is a dynamic, multi-generational community of writers on a mission and we’d love to have you join us. Sign up to be the first to find out when enrollment opens up for our next program year!
Our Impact Over Nearly 25 Years
100% of our high school seniors go to college armed with multi-genre, multimedia portfolios, bylines and a strong sense of self.
Our mentees are published in national media outlets—including the New York Times, Teen Vogue, Newsweek and BuzzFeed, in our award-winning anthologies and on our multimedia publishing platform; perform at Lincoln Center and the United Nations; and earn hundreds of awards and scholarships.
Girls Write Now ranks in the top 4% of programs nationwide for outstanding performance driving social-emotional growth for youth. In 2020, 100% of mentees showed a significant increase in positive identity.
When our writers share their stories, they have the power to change minds, heal communities and impact the world. We’re immensely proud to be a platform for this urgent and important work via our annual anthology and our new digital media brand.
WRITING SALONS + WORKSHOPS
As one mentor put it, Girls Write Now events are “the cure for writer’s block.” Even virtually, our spaces are welcoming, inspiring and supportive. Experience the magic for yourself at one of our Friday Night Salons—they’re open to the public!
CREATIVE + CAREER RESOURCES
Write with us 24/7 with on-demand workshops, an extensive archive of writing prompts, and more! On the career front, our community has exclusive access to curated lists of internship, scholarship and job opportunities and much more.