Gillian Reagan's Page
Hey friends and family,
Thanks so much for coming by to learn more about this amazing program! I can't say enough positive things about Girls Write Now, an incredible non-profit that pairs underchallenged girls in New York City high schools with professional female writers for a mentoring program. I was lucky enough to be chosen as a mentor last year and was paired with a brilliant mentee named Mary Portes, who is now studying to be a scientist at Manhattan College.
I joined again this year and I'm working with Bushra, an incredibly smart and inspiring 15 year old who lives on the Lower East Side (pictured here!). I meet with Bushra once a week in pair sessions to write, brainstorm ideas, and work on her Girls Write Now portfolio. We write poetry, outline stories, and chat about grammar, inspiration, school, family, and our favorite authors. Bushra's favorite book is "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck, and she recently shared a memoir piece with me about how she fell in love with fiction by reading it.
Bushra and I also go to monthly Girls Write Now workshops with the rest of the mentor pairs. Fellow mentors and guest writers teach the girls new writing techniques and ideas on subjects ranging from narrative poetry, to digital journalism, to fan fiction. Bushra is submitting a piece she started writing in the historical fiction workshop to the Scholastic Writing competition!
Would you be willing to help girls like Bushra as a part of your holiday giving?
Here's how you can make a difference:
- $20 allows us to provide materials for one mentee's portfolio
- $50 allows us to screen and approve one mentor with the help of GoPass, an initiative of NYC Service
- $250 supports a craft talk with a prominent published author at one genre workshop
- $500+ helps bring the original voices of teen girls to public venues in our CHAPTERS reading series
I hope you'll consider donating what you can. Every little bit helps!