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!

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On Friday, November 22, 2013, 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. 

Executive Director Keren Taylor describes why she started WriteGirl.


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. Learn more

Our Mission

Within a community of women writers, WriteGirl promotes creativity and self-expression to empower girls.

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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
  • MOCA
  • The Los Angeles Times
  • The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

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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. 


Want to hear the real voices of WriteGirl?

Read our blog written entirely by WriteGirl mentees.

Dreaming of the Future: A WriteGirl Perspective on Gender Equality

Jacqueline, age 17

"Working together, we can bring equality to the sexes. Girls around the world should be allowed an education, a chance to express themselves using pen and paper. Writing is important to ending gender inequality, because our voices sometimes fail us. Our voices, it turns out, we can sometimes best express through the written word."

WriteGirl attends Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference

Clara age 17, Addissyn age 15, Jacqueline age 17

In August of this year, three lucky WriteGirls had the awesome experience of attending the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference! Over the three days of the conference, our WriteGirls picked up some great writing tips and insight from professional writers and publishers who shared their knowledge about writing, completing and publishing novels. 

Five Very Helpful and Awesome Tips We Learned at Fox Teacher For a Day Event!

Monica, Age 20

Last week, August 28, WriteGirl got a visit from some of Hollywood’s best minds. WriteGirl interns and mentees had the opportunity to hear Sonay Hoffman, Bernadette Rivero, and Victoria Kennedy speak about their careers in the entertainment industry. We were treated to their personal stories, struggles, and insights, enlightening our own paths as writers.

Top 5 Things We Learned from District Attorney Jackie Lacey

Marian age 18, Addissyn age 17, Ana age 18

On Wednesday, August 6, WriteGirl had the privilege of hearing District Attorney Jackie Lacey speak about her experience as a lawyer and first woman district attorney of Los Angeles. We were inspired and empowered by her words. Here are 5 things we learned.


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