Girls Write Now Announces 15th Anniversary CHAPTERS Reading Series

Monday, April 08, 2013

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Award-winning authors headline series sponsored by New York’s world-renowned publishing houses

Girls Write Now is one of the most exciting mentoring programs in the country. These talented, serious young women writers are beacons toward the future. Their wide-ranging work sparkles with wit and passion. It’s been an honor to be involved with them.”

– Alix Kates Shulman, Open Road author and Girls Write Now guest author

NEW YORK, NY – Girls Write Now (GWN), New York’s first and only writing and mentoring program for high school girls, announces its 15th Anniversary CHAPTERS Reading Series on four Fridays this spring. The series showcases a fresh season of original talent from New York’s best teen writers and the professional women writers who mentor them with keynote speeches from authors Sonia Manzano, Adele Griffin, and Gayle Forman. Gloria Steinem was originally scheduled to speak at the series finale; though a scheduling conflict abroad will prevent her attendance, she secured in her stead Marcia Ann Gillespie, a trailblazer in the magazine industry and a leader in the women’s movement.

The series will be hosted by Scholastic in their SoHo Auditorium at 557 Broadway on March 22, April 19, May 17 and June 14 from 6-8 pm. Admission is free for teens, with a suggested donation of $20 for adults.

Series sponsor Jane Friedman and her company Open Road Integrated Media, along with publishing partners Penguin Group, Random House Children’s Books, Scholastic, and Writers House, bear witness to the power of matching an inter-generational community of readers and writers with the industry that gives them a voice. GWN students are 90% high need, 90% girls of color, and 20% immigrant. Transforming GWN’s girls into the next generation of authors, editors, reviewers and publishers, these partnerships will shape the future of women in publishing. This year’s theme is New Worlds, celebrating the diverse backgrounds of our writers and the new community that GWN offers them.

CHAPTERS is also supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the New York City Council.

CHAPTERS 2013 Dates and Keynote Speakers:

  • •Friday, April 19: Adele Griffin is a critically lauded author of children's and young adult fiction. Griffin has won a number of awards, including National Book Award nominations for Sons of Liberty (1997) and Where I Want to Be (2005). Her most recent novel, All You Never Wanted, was published in October 2012. Her new novel Loud Awake and Lost is coming out this November. 
  • •Friday, May 17: Gayle Forman is a bestselling author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, The Nation, and The New York Times Magazine. Forman’s award-winning books include If I Stay (2009), Where She Went (2011), and the recently released Just One Day.
  • •Friday, June 14: Marcia Ann Gillespie is the former Editor in Chief of two groundbreaking magazines, Essence (1971-1980), where she took the reins at age 26, and Ms. (1993-2001).  She was also the President of Liberty Media for Women, the company she co-founded that took ownership of Ms. in 1998. The co-author of Maya Angelou:  A Glorious Celebration  (Doubleday 2008), several of her articles and essays are required reading in women’s studies classes and can be found in anthologies and collections.
  • On Friday, March 22nd, Sonia Manzano spoke. Manzano has affected the lives of millions since the early 1970s as the actress who defined the role of “Maria” on the acclaimed television series Sesame Street. Manzano has won 15 Emmy Awards for her television writing. Her debut YA novel, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, was named a 2013 Pura Belpré Award Honor Book by the American Library Association.

About Girls Write Now:

Distinguished as one of the top 15 after-school arts and culture programs in the nation by The President’s Committee on Arts & Humanities, Girls Write Now (GWN) is New York’s first and only organization with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for girls. Girls Write Now is a community of young women exploring writing and seasoned professionals dedicated to providing the guidance, support and opportunities for high school girls to develop their creative, independent voices, and write their way to a better future. Over the past 15 years, more than 4,500 underserved and marginalized teen girls have benefited from the GWN community. Since 1998, Girls Write Now has built a record of achievement and innovation recognized twice by the White House, by The New York Times, the MacArthur Foundation, and the hundreds of Scholastic Art & Writing awards their girls have earned. GWN sends 100 percent of its seniors on to college bringing with them portfolios, awards, scholarships, new skills, and a sense of confidence.

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