"I see the women in the girls. In their shining eyes
I see their future as leaders, women of strength and
I love this program. I'm in complete awe on how women
can use their ink to write how they feel."
"I could drown in the incredible words that these women
have to say."
"How lovely to be so moved, so surprised, so brought
"I love being a part of WriteGirl. It's
even fun without a mentee, because now, I can claim every
girl as my own."
"There is nothing more hopeful than listening
to the powerful words of a young woman."
"I suddenly feel inspired to pull all those very empty
blank books out of the drawer and actually fill them."
"Oh my! What we have built together! We are WriteGirls
and that really means something!"
"We had several things in common - namely that neither
one of us was popular in seventh grade."
"I've been busy doing - this reminded
me how nice it is to stop, think, listen and share."
"My mentee is an amazing person who has, I'm afraid,
probably enriched my life more than I have hers! She
is a dedicated writer, working on poetry, a children's
book, her plays, and a NYT Lives column that we will
be sending off soon. We were thinking about both starting
novels this summer as our long-term projects. It's so
easy in talking with her to forget that she's 17-- so
interested in complex storytelling issues and sophisticated
ideas. I struggle to keep up! I was a little intimidated
about working with a girl with a disability, and for
the first few minutes I felt like I must be doing everything
wrong, but then we both just started talking about our
favorite books, and trading ideas, and things we hate
about bad movies and love about good movies, and suddenly
we were quoting lines from "When Harry Met Sally" to
each other. Now when I talk about her to my friends,
I don't even mention that she has a disability, because,
as a writer, she doesn't. She's got more ability than
most. Her attitude is fantastic, and I am eternally grateful
to Write Girl for bringing her into my life. I feel certain
that she will, if she chooses to, become a professional
writer, and I look forward to helping her in any way
"This has been a very important period
of growth for me not only as a writer, but also as a
person, and WriteGirl has played a very important role
in helping me become the best I can be."
"Today was very exciting because I got
to meet my mentor. Also, all the activities were excellent.
I laughed and met new girls. It's great to be in a place
where we all share the same thing which we love, Writing."
"This workshop was so exhilarating, insightful and productive.
Poetry is the bomb!"
"I thought I was the only one that had something more
to say than what I ate for lunch, but after hearing all
these people I have found that I was wrong."
"A day that begins with trigonometry is destined to
suck...until WriteGirl comes along and saves the day,
gives some peace of mind and words to a numerically challenged
girl like myself!"
"I pulled my tired sick body into the workshop, thinking
I would leave. Instead I was transfixed, my mind
pulsating with ideas."
"I go on and on, and I'm still not finished."
"I love that there are many more free
thinkers that are my age than just me. It's a
"I love when people laugh at the words I write."
"Poetry is much more freeing than I thought."
"If I wouldn't have had you to push me in this whole
application process, I don't think I would have even
applied to college. But now look at me! I really think
my chances at USC are as good, and maybe even better,
than most. You have done more for me than you will ever
"Today I learned being vulnerable is okay."
"Yes, it is true. You can totally be so pulled into
a story you're writing that it's like reading a book
by somebody else..."
"I loved the flash fiction exercise - I will definitely
use it the next time I get stuck writing. Awesome!"