First Lady Michelle Obama presents the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award to WriteGirl in November, 2013.

Through one-one-one mentoring and monthly creative writing workshops, WriteGirl gives teenage girls techniques, insights and hot topics for great writing in all genres from professional women writers. Workshops and mentoring sessions explore poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, songwriting, journalism, screenwriting, playwriting, persuasive writing, journal writing, editing and more. Workshops take place at inspiring locations throughout Los Angeles, including MOCA, the Grammy Museum and the Los Angeles Times headquarters, to name a few.

WriteGirl was launched in December 2001 to bring the skills and energy of professional women writers to teenage girls who do not otherwise have access to creative writing or mentoring programs. After a mere six months, WriteGirl published Threads, its premier anthology of members' work. A standing-room only public reading at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood helped to kick off the book's release.

WriteGirl's second session bought double the membership and the publication of a second anthology, Bold Ink. This book was ushered in with a sold-out event at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, a reception that confirmed the overwhelming support for WriteGirl's unique programming and individualized mentoring services.

To date, WriteGirl anthologies have a total of 46 book awards, Keren Taylor and WriteGirl's unique programming have received numerous awards and commendations for exemplary community service. While such recognition is much appreciated, WriteGirl is most proud of the accomplishments of its teen members...100% of its graduating seniors have entered college, many on full or partial scholarships.

Selected Awards

Finalist, National Art & Humanities Youth Program, 2011

Awardee, California Nonprofit of the Year, 2010-2011
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver

Awardee, HUMANITAS Philanthropy Prize, 2010




Keren Taylor
Founder & Executive Director

Downton Los Angeles

Area Served:
Los Angeles County

# of Employees:

Nonprofit (donations + earned income)

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