Saturday, April 26, 2014 starting at 6.30pm
Experience original scenes and monologues written by teen girls earlier on the same day and brought to life on stage by celebrated actors.
CNN Hero: Keren Taylor
WriteGirl Executive Director Keren Taylor has been chosen as a CNN Hero! Watch the segment and find the full story on CNN here!
Never underestimate the power of a girl and her pen!
On Friday, November 22, WriteGirl went to the White House to receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest national honor awarded to such programs. Executive Director Keren Taylor and mentee Jacqueline Uy, age 16, personally accepted the award from First Lady Michelle Obama.
This is our pivotal moment – our opportunity to shine on the national stage and raise our profile to garner the resources we need to thrive and sustain WriteGirl well into the future.
Within a community of women writers, WriteGirl promotes creativity and self-expression to empower girls.
How We Do It
Through one-on-one mentoring and monthly creative writing workshops, girls are given techniques, insights and hot topics for great writing in all genres from professional women writers. Workshops and mentoring sessions explore poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, songwriting, journalism, screenwriting, playwriting, persuasive writing, journal writing, editing and more.
Public Events- Open for all
April 26, 2014
A benefit evening to support the innovative creative writing, mentoring, and college guidance programs of WriteGirl! Learn more
Apply your professional skills, explore your personal passions, and make a difference in a young woman’s life. All you need are tenacious communication skills, a love of writing and the willingness to show up. We are currently accepting volunteer applications.
Did you know? The dropout rate for high school students in Los Angeles hovers around 50%.
At WriteGirl, we match girls with women writers who mentor them in creative writing. Every year, we produce dozens of workshops, panel discussions and special events to help girls get creative, get through high school and get to college!
Many of our teens attend schools with over 3,000 students. The counselor to student ratio in Los Angeles of 810:1 is one of the worst in the country. We know they aren't getting the individual help they need.
This spring, one of our teens who had been incarcerated just six months ago, was accepted to two colleges, thanks to help from her WriteGirl mentor and WriteGirl resources!
Many of our girls face tremendous challenges including abuse, neglect, depression and much more. A caring role model can change their lives and indeed has changed many lives!
We have amazing volunteers. We counted - our volunteers collectively donate 2,000 hours EVERY MONTH to help girls. They are poets, songwriters, journalists (yes, they are creative, too!), screenwriters, novelists...
We have great partners. Some of most creative institutions in Los Angeles host our workshops every month, such as:
- The Autry Museum
- The Los Angeles Times
- The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
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Blog post for Women’s History Month written by WriteGirl mentee Jackie, 12th grade.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to travel around the world. But not in the usual sense: I didn’t dream of five-star hotels or hyped-up restaurants. I wanted to be in the midst of it: to take in the culture and really connect with the people of that specific country. And Christiane Amanpour represented that dream for me.
Blog post for Women’s History Month written by WriteGirl mentee Amanda, Age 16.
“They thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed. The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.”
If you aren’t acquainted with the speaker of these fiery words, the wise, 16-year-old Pakistani teen cloaked in vibrant hijabs and shawls of courage, then I am glad to introduce you. Malala Yousafzai, who, in 2012, was shot point black in the head on her school bus by the Taliban for standing up for her right to education, was never weakened by the violent attack against her. If anything, the shooting empowered her.