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Poetry was our jam this spring as WriteGirl mentees produced verse after vibrant verse for our annual Poetry Drive, culminating in a mini-workshop and reading at Chevalier’s Books on Larchmont Blvd. on May 14.
Calling all teen girls! Join WriteGirl this summer for FIVE writing and photography workshops at The Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens. You will learn some great photo techniques and we will guide you through some fun writing activities inspired by the gardens and artwork. The series will wrap up with an exhibition of YOUR photography and writing on August 13th.
May 25, 2016 | Maud Inc.
Girls become young women, and then they become women. Along this journey of adolescence to adulthood, there are few organizations out there that assist girls in mentorship, communication skills and confidence — WriteGirl is one of them.
Keren Taylor is the executive director of WriteGirl - a Los Angeles based nonprofit organization that pairs young girls with professional female writers. Through mentorship and workshops, around 200 young girls each year have the opportunity to develop creatively and professionally in their personal and educational endeavors.
As June draws near, 17-year-old Sarahi is preparing for a rite of passage. It’s the month the Norwalk-native will be graduating from Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs. Making the event even more momentous – Sarahi is one of her high school’s valedictorians.
Sarahi’s eyes are already on the path ahead – entering UCLA in the fall as a freshman neuroscience major. This has also been a time of pondering the road that led here. One that involved being a WriteGirl mentee. A full-circle moment occurred when Sarahi was at the WriteGirl office working on her college entrance essays. She recalls, “When someone asks you to write about your life, it’s rare to do that at school, so you have to take a few steps back and reflect on which events in your life shaped you as a person.”
May 12, 2016 | Silver Lake Blog
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 WriteGirl professional women writers. Workshops and mentoring sessions explore poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, songwriting, journalism, screenwriting, playwriting, persuasive writing, journal writing, editing and more.
SLB has had the privilege of catching up with one of the WriteGirl mentors Lauren McQuade. Here is what she had to share…
Building characters and constructing dialogue was the focus for 82 enthusiastic WriteGirl mentees and 70 dedicated mentors who attended the Character & Dialogue workshop at the Linwood Dunn Theater on Apr. 16. Professional screenwriters helped the girls craft their stories, honing their screenwriting skills before professional actors brought those words to life on stage.
By TakeTwo | April 14, 2016 | Southern California Public Radio 89.3KPCC
This weekend Hollywood actors join forces with WriteGirl to portray stories written by teen girls on stage. WriteGirl is hosting a fundraising benefit at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood called *Lights, Camera, WriteGirl!*
Keren Taylor, the executive director of Write Girl, and writer Josann McGibbon, who's credits include "Runaway Bride," "The Starter Wife" and last year's Disney Channel hit "Descendants" joined host Alex Cohen in studio to talk about the organization, their red carpet benefit, and the process of mentoring young women to become confident poets, journalists, screenwriters, and more.
Real-World Rehab: How Reintegration Programs Serve Millennials Better Than Prisons
BY MEGAN COLE | MARCH 21, 2016 | Generation Progress
To ease the transition of young people from incarceration to parole, and to prevent high rates of unemployment and recidivism, a new niche of rehabilitation programs has appeared in past decades to address Millennial rehabilitation, and to break the cycle of recidivism prevalent in low-income and high-crime communities.
WriteGirl Los Angeles, a program which connects professional writing mentors to young girls enrolled in at-risk Los Angeles schools, expanded their program in 2004 to include the Road to Success Academy, a school in Santa Clarita, CA which brings writing skills to incarcerated teen girls.
One of Melanie Gonzalez’s most memorable WriteGirl memories was of a journalism workshop she attended as a mentee. It was the first time she had met a journalist, so she spent the workshop “grilling her [mentor] about her job.”
The former WriteGirl mentee now gives back as a WriteGirl mentor while she continues to pursue her passion for writing and journalism.
An Ode To Astronomer Nancy Roman By 16-Year-Old WriteGirl Marina Orozco
Published by WYSK
In celebration of this year’s Women’s History Month theme, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government,” 16-year-old WriteGirl mentee, Marina Orozco pays homage to astronomer Nancy Roman with her poem The Stained Glass Ceiling.