Mentoring Young Writers
Creative inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Or perhaps we should say the "write" place. In May, The Huntington’s Education staff hosted a fiction writing workshop in collaboration with WriteGirl, an L.A.-based non-profit that provides one-on-one mentoring by professional authors for young women who aspire to be writers. Seventy-five girls, ages 13-18, and 60 mentors participated in the day-long workshop that focused on speculative fiction, inspired by the novels of science-fiction writer Octavia Butler, whose papers reside at The Huntington. The curriculum was developed by Huntington researcher Ayana Jamieson, a Butler scholar. This was The Huntington’s first collaboration with WriteGirl, but judging by the enthusiastic response of all participants, it may be the first of many.
Photos: Steven Harrie (left, center), Martha Benedict (right).