To provide a safe and supportive environment where girls can explore their writing ability, develop independent creative voices, and build confidence in making healthy choices in school, career, and life.
About the Organization:
Founded by Maya Nussbaum during her senior year at Columbia University, GWN provides writing and mentoring opportunities to empower the next generation of women writers. Since its inception, the organization has matched more than thirty-five hundred New York City high school girls with professional writers who serve as personal mentors and writing coaches.
Participants in the mentorship program, which runs concurrently with the school year, attend readings, plays, films, and museums, and write and edit stories, poems, plays, and essays based on their experiences. The resulting pieces are incorporated into a six-genre developmental writing portfolio that is edited by the girls' mentors and submitted for publication in an annual anthology. Mentors and their mentees also participate in genre-based group writing workshops at the organization's Manhattan office. In addition, girls participate in three annual readings, college and career prep seminars, and various other opportunities for scholarships and publication.
The Girls Write Now Web site includes a writing gallery; resources for professional writers and teens, including the Girls College Bound Resource Guide; mentor biographies; a blog; and an event calendar. Visitors to the site can browse the Newsflash archive, watch videos on the organization's YouTube channel, and/or visit the GWN online store.
Girls Write Now receives funding from corporations, foundations, and individuals as well as government support.