I just wanted to give a little shout out to the Girls Write Now program. It’s so important for young people to write. Writing helps to get the jumbled mass of adolescence out of the brain. Simply speaking from my own perspective, I think all teenagers should write a play – there’s something about having other characters speak your thoughts that’s very empowering. There’s a great sense of pride too in finishing a play and seeing it performed.
Girls Write Now is a mentoring program, which is awesome – it takes a lot of skill to encourage and give constructive feedback to a young writer. Sometimes that’s just not possible in a classroom situation. There are also individuals out there who take great glee in tearing down young writers. I’ve never known why, or what that accomplishes. Any program that works toward starting youth to write, and keeping them writing is great. And there are playwrights involved too! Love that.