“I started typing. First a few scattered memories emerged, then they formed themselves into a story. As I typed furiously, I occasionally glanced over at my mentee, Lisbett. She was also typing non-stop, caught up in the memories that her song had evoked. A silence descended on the room: every mentor and mentee was focused on writing. I envisioned a big cloud above our heads filled with memories jostling for attention.”
– Ella Morton, mentor
About Girls Write Now and the Digital Media Mentoring Program
Our mentees are defining the digital age, bringing the craft of writing into the 21st century. In our Digital Media Mentoring program, we boost girls’ tech savvy and creative potential through digital media. In bringing our curriculum and writing approach into the digital age, we prepare the girls we serve to truly be the next generation of writers — on whatever platform they choose.
Students are paired one-to-one with a digital media professional or New School graduate student and together they transform their writing into digital art. All workshops, which we affectionately call Dorkshops, are facilitated by graduate students at Parsons The New School for Design. Dorkshops feature writing and digital skill-building exercises, prompts, and share-outs to diversify participants’ modes of self-expression. At the end of a program year, girls are equipped to tell a story in GIFs, a poem in HTML, and take their words to the next level.
"Girls Write Now is the gold standard of what I want Hive Learning Network to be. They are incredible—grounded in their vision and yet absolutely willing to think outside the box.”
- Chris Lawrence, senior director of The Hive Learning Networks
Girls Write Now's Digital Media Mentoring Program functions in partnership with Parsons The New School for Design and is supported by The Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust, with additional support from the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Pinkerton Foundation, the Patrina Foundation, and the National Ednowment for the Arts.
Thank you to our New School Facilitators:
Sarah Wever, Julie Huynh, Gabi Patacsil,
Lauren Slowik, and Jackie Simon!
To find out more about Girls Write Now, visit our website.