Girls Write Now

Exploring new forms of creative communication online


Girls Write Now was founded in 1998. Professional women writers are paired with at-risk high-school girls from New York City to help them develop independent creative voices. Girls Write Now is the first organisation in the United States, and the only one on the East coast, to combine mentoring and writing instruction within the context of all-girl programming. Since 1998, it has given more than 3,000 at-risk girls from New York City’s under-funded public high schools access to a supportive mentoring relationship, a safe space to share ideas, and an intergenerational writing community.

Mentors include female novelists, playwrights, journalists, writers and academics from the New York Times, the Village Voice, Essence magazine, McGraw-Hill, Simon & Schuster, and Columbia University.

In 2008, Girls Write Now and The SHM Foundation began to discuss how technology might enhance communication and provide the basis for the next phase of the Girls Write Now programme. In a series of workshops that ran in April 2009, The SHM Foundation helped GWN to look at whether technology could enhance communication and provide the basis for new creative activities. Possibilities raised through the workshops included an integrated online presence, and an online creative writing activity that would reach out to new communities and help to reach more girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.







About us

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

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