February News and Events


Join us for this special chance to hear our girls speak their minds and read their original work. Skylight Books in Los Feliz has become a part of WriteGirl tradition. You won't want to miss this one!

*Skylight Books Public Reading * Saturday, February 15, 2014, 4pm - 5pm

Skylight Books 1818 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027

It's Here! WriteGirl Publishes 12th Anthology

We're proud to announce the publication of YOU ARE HERE: The WriteGirl Journey, our 12th anthology of the bold voices and imaginative insights of teen girls and their WriteGirl mentors. If life were a straight line, it would be easy to stay on course. But life is full of twists and turns and unexpected bumps. In YOU ARE HERE: The WriteGirl Journey, 161 women and girls share their stories as they navigate their way through small moments and big adventures.


YOU ARE HERE Launches at Central Library

WriteGirl celebrated the launch of YOU ARE HERE: A WriteGirl Journey at a public reading event and dessert reception on January 11, 2014. Sholeh Wolpe, an acclaimed Iranian-American poet, literary translator, and writer, led an inspirational writing workshop before the reading. Later, Sholeh joined the authors of YOU ARE HERE as they took to the stage to share excerpts and stories from the anthology.

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Teen Girls' Lyrics Come to Life in Song

Held at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Downtown Los Angeles, 160 WriteGirl women and girls learned the art of songwriting from the industry's best women! Special guests including Bonnie McKee (Wrecking Ball, Roar), Allee Willis (Boogie Wonderland, Friends Theme), and others shared their expertise and guided our girls to create their own songs. After a day of workshops and one-on-one sessions, our songwriter guests performed the original songs written by some of our girls!

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Where Am I? A Writing Experiment

Imagine yourself in an unexpected location, and explore your thoughts and feelings about being there. You can be literal in describing your surroundings and how you got there, or you can consider how the place might be a metaphor for something else. Almost any place can inspire a great piece of writing and create a powerful metaphor to access a unique point of view.

Here's a list of places and themes to inspire just a few of the ways you might use a location as a metpahor:

  • In a doorway (new beginnings, departures)
  • Watching a sunrise (gaining strength, getting warmed up, getting ready for something)
  • On a mountain (looking over everything, seeing the entirety of something)
  • In jail (trapped, confined, locked in)
  • At the edge of a cliff (in a state of suspense or on the brink of something)

Excerpted from page 278 of YOU ARE HERE: The WriteGirl Journey

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