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The mission of WriteGirl is to promote creativity and self-expression to empower girls within a community of women writers. Through public readings and publication in award-winning, nationally-distributed anthologies girls develop critical writing and public speaking skills and the confidence to make an impact on the world around them. For 14 years, WriteGirl has guided 100% of its Core Mentoring Program participants to graduate from high school and enroll in college.
In November 2013, First Lady Michelle Obama presented WriteGirl with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest national honor awarded to exemplary after-school and out-of-school time programs from across the country. In 2014, WriteGirl Executive Director Keren Taylor was selected as a CNN Hero.
WriteGirl partners women writers in Los Angeles with teenage girls (ages 13 - 18) for creative writing workshops and one-on-one mentoring. Our objective is to bring the skills and energy of participating mentors to girls who would not otherwise have access to writing or mentoring programs, either through their schools or communities.
Lively interactive workshops tackle different genres each month, from poetry to journalism to songwriting. In addition to these monthly workshops, women writers are paired with participating girls based on mutual interests for weekly one-on-one writing sessions. WriteGirl's season runs September through June, culminating each year in the publication of an anthology and a public reading for family, friends and the community.