Within a community of women writers, WriteGirl promotes creativity and self-expression to empower girls.
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!
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.
Why We do it
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.
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!
Last year, 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!
Keren Taylor and WriteGirl’s unique programming have received numerous awards and commendations for exemplary community service. While such recognition is much appreciated, we are most proud of the accomplishments of our teen members…100% of our graduating seniors have entered college, many on full or partial scholarships.
WriteGirl was launched in December 2001 to bring the skills and energy of professional women writers to teenage girls who do not otherwise have access to creative writing or mentoring programs. After a mere six months, WriteGirl published Threads, our premier anthology of members’ work. A standing-room only public reading at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood helped to kick off the book’s release.
Our second season brought double the membership and the publication of a second anthology, Bold Ink. This book was ushered in with a sold-out event at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, a reception that confirmed the overwhelming support for WriteGirl’s unique programming and individualized mentoring services. To date, WriteGirl anthologies have a total of 72 book awards.
Workshops take place at inspiring locations throughout Los Angeles including MOCA, the Grammy Museum and the Los Angeles Times headquarters, just to name a few.
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...