Interview With a WriteGirl

Interview With a WriteGirl

WriteGirl Mentor Bree interviews her mentee Sophia, age 17.  
Sophia and Bree have been working together for a year

That’s what’s so great about those on-the-spot WriteGirl exercises. Normally you might not see the connection between a witch and a mirror. But they throw it out there, and you’ve got to work with what you’ve got. Sometimes you find that connection, and sometimes you don’t.

 

 

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Top 4 Things We Learned at Mentee Welcome Day

Top 4 Things We Learned at Mentee Welcome Day

by Heather, age 16 & Anastasia, mentor_

1. I'm a WriteGirl Veteran.

When I walked into my interview at the Mentee Welcome Day, I couldn't help but feel a mix of fear and comfort—stepping from familiar to uncharted territory. It was safe to say that I felt quite shocked and even unworthy to say that this was my fourth year at WriteGirl. The notion of setting an example for the younger batch of mentees makes my stomach drop, but maybe it won't be so intimidating. Maybe all of the encouragement from the past workshops will give me energy. Maybe all of the voices I heard during the past four seasons will push me to speak my own into another mentee's memories.

 

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Joining Forces: A WriteGirl Speaks on Gender Equality

Joining Forces: A WriteGirl Speaks on Gender Equality

Sharmin, age 17

Gender inequality has existed in every nation and every period in history. But here at WriteGirl, we are committed to joining the effort to stop gender inequality now. We want to encourage our girls, women, and male friends and supporters to stand and unite ourselves as Feminists against gender discrimination. We want to propagate equal opportunity for the masses and ensure that no one gender is neglected. 

 

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Dreaming of the Future: A WriteGirl Perspective on Gender Equality

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."

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WriteGirl attends Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference

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. 

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

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.

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Top 5 Things We Learned from District Attorney Jackie Lacey

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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WriteGirl goes to the White House!

WriteGirl goes to the White House!

WriteGirl mentor Katie Geyer and mentee Jackie, age 16

WriteGirl mentee Jackie, 16, joined Exec. Dir. Keren Taylor in accepting the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award from Michelle Obama at the White House in November. Jackie’s mentor Katie Geyer, a photojournalist, was granted a White House press pass to photograph her mentee meeting the first lady! The two were separated for most of the day and each emerged with their own stories. They recently sat down to reflect on that day in November when they were invited inside the White House!

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Daily Dose of Grammar!

Daily Dose of Grammar!

Sharmin and Joy, Ages 16

WriteGirl Summer Interns

If you’re anything like us interns here in the WriteGirl office, you probably know how difficult it can be to prevent errors while writing essays for school, work, or creative pieces in general.  Every single person who has ever written a formal paper has made unnecessary mistakes. And we don’t blame you; English can be a confusing language! So for those of you who continually struggle with the rules of writing, worry no more! We have created grammar guide for those of us who keep making the same mistakes with punctuation and grammar with a special focus on apostrophes and the active and passive voice; so none of you WriteGirls will be deterred to write creative writing pieces due to an inexplicable fear of making grammatical mistakes.      

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Wingless & Free: Poetry by a WriteGirl Teen

Wingless & Free: Poetry by a WriteGirl Teen

It's time for our annual Poetry Drive! We'll be sharing original poetry written by our teen girls.  Today, a poem about bravery... 

… written by one of our talented and wonderfully unique WriteGirl teens! Want a custom poem? Get a girl power-themed poem for your favorite niece, or a go-get-'em poem for that recent grad.

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Inspiring Women: Christiane Amanpour

Inspiring Women: Christiane Amanpour

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.

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Inspiring Women: Malala Yousafzai

Inspiring Women: Malala Yousafzai

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 blank 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.

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