mentors are novelists, poets, songwriters, screenwriters, marketing
and public relations professionals, editors, journalists, visual
artists, grant writers, story analysts.
We are all passionate about the craft of
writing and want to share our expertise with teenage girls
who might not otherwise be exposed to creative writing or the variety
of potential writing careers available.
WriteGirl offers extensive mentor training and
strives to match, manage and evaluate all mentoring relationships
in order to achieve maximum benefit to both the girls and the women
These are just a few of our more than 150 WriteGirl volunteers:
Maia Akiva is a magical realism writer, originally from Israel. Her plays have had readings all over the USA, and her short stories, sketches and a one-act play were published in magazines. You can find her at www.maiaakiva.com.
Abby Anderson is an award-winning screenwriter, whose scripts have placed in the Top 5% in the Nicholl Fellowship. She is very proud of her mentee, Jessica, who is in her second year studying screenwriting at Cal State Fullerton and is off on a Central American adventure this summer on a Semester at Sea!
Lisa Beebe blogs and writes personality quizzes for TeenNick.com. She is working on her first YA novel, and dreams of one day being a special guest at WriteGirl's annual fiction workshop.
Susanne Ferrull has worked as a journalist, editor, publicist, corporate communicator and freelance writer for more than 20 years, specializing in travel and entertainment. She holds a Masters degree in Journalism from Syracuse University.
Born in Arizona into an Air Force family, Trina Gaynon traveled widely in her first eighteen years. She now volunteers with an adult literacy program. Her poems appear in two anthologies, as well as numerous journals.
Alison M. Hills, PhD, is a playwright and essayist. Her plays were produced at Stanford and UCLA, where they won playwriting competitions. She wrote and performed a piece for an LA production of Expressing Motherhood. She co-produces ALAP's (Alliance of L.A. Playwrights) New Works Lab with local LA theaters.
For nearly 10 years, Ashaki M. Jackson has been a WriteGirl mentor and volunteer. You can read her poetry in publications by Eleven Eleven, The Splinter Generation, The Drunken Boat, and TORCH, among others. She is also a social psychologist.
Porter Kelly is an LA-based actor and writer. She wrote and performed at ACME Comedy Theatre for six years. Recent TV credits include The Office, Private Practice, Lie to Me, Law & Order: LA, and New Girl. www.porterkelly.com
Retta Putignano King is the head writer at Create Your Reel, a company she co-owns. She has written over 3,000 scenes for actors' reels, and is currently working on a novel that fulfills her inner sappy romantic.
Suzan Alparslan Lustig is a Pushcart-nominated poet whose work has been published in several journals. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, and balances her literary endeavors with hands-on work as a massage therapist.
Elda Pineda is the Program Manager for P.S. ARTS and is a proud advocate for arts education. In the fall, she will begin working on her Masters degree in Public Administration at USC, but hopes to write a few short stories in between research papers.
Melissa Wong is a television writer living in Los Angeles. Her credits include The 63rd Annual Emmy Awards, The MTV Movie Awards and NBC's hit show, The Voice. She has been WriteGirl mentor for over 5 years.