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Girls Write Now: Wildcard Workshop

6 May

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.

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3 Responses to “Girls Write Now: Wildcard Workshop”

  1. mwinikates May 7, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    That looks like an amazing program. I hope your workshop goes well!

  2. Laura Wynne May 13, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    You were amazing!! Our girls truly had a blast and learned a ton. I think we had some future fan fic authors in the crowd!! Thanks again for coming to Girls Write Now and meeting our girls.

    • RM May 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

      It was super fun. I’ll be posting a follow-up with promised resources probably tomorrow as today is getting away from me at an incredibly rapid pace!

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