This Saturday, I am getting up much, much earlier than I normally do on Saturdays to talk about fanfiction and how it can contribute to a writer’s creative process and professional life at a workshop held by Girls Write Now.
Girls Write Now is a non-profit organization that matches teen girls from NYC public high schools with professional women writers for one-to-one mentoring, genre-based workshops, public readings, college prep activities, and scholarship and publication opportunities. This seems like an amazing thing, and if my life weren’t already so over-scheduled and constantly in-transit, I’d sign up to mentor in a heartbeat.
The event (actually two, I’m doing a morning and an afternoon session) is only open to girls currently in the program and their mentors. But I wanted to share this in the context of fan and transformative works being taken seriously, and also to let people know that Girls Write Now is out there.
Deciding you want to write for a living is weird, no one knows what to do with that, and the standardized-test focused school system doesn’t help. The idea of an organization supporting girls through story and for story is massively exciting to me. If it’s exciting to you, I hope you’ll consider getting involved in Girls Write Now or whatever similar programs may exist in your community.