She Writes isn't just about creating an amazing community for writers, we're also about supporting other communities in the profession...

Girls Write Now (GWN) is the first organization in the United States, and the only one on the East coast, to combine mentoring and writing instruction within the context of all-girl programming.  (Watch these amazing girls read their work here!)

Since 1998, Girls Write Now has given more than 4,000 at-risk girls from New York City’s under-funded public high schools access to a supportive mentoring relationship, a safe space to share ideas, and an intergenerational writing community. While half of New York City’s youth fail to complete high school, 100% of GWN’s seniors graduate and move on to college – bringing with them awards, scholarships, a new sense of confidence and skills. Girls Write Now has been distinguished by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as one of the top 15 after-school arts and culture programs in the nation.

How She Writes Supports Them

In 2016, She Writes Press published the annual Girls Write Now anthology, providing the organization with its full suite of publishing services, its distribution network, and top-notch publicity from Crystal Patriarche, CEO of SWP’s parent company, Book Sparks, all pro bono. She Writes Founder Kamy Wicoff has served on the board of Girls Write Now for six years, and the She Writes community participates annually in fundraising initiatives to support GWN’s remarkable girls.

Hedgebrook is a writers’ colony and artists’ collective supporting women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture. Located on beautiful Whidbey Island near Seattle, Hedgebrook offers one of the few residency programs in the world exclusively dedicated to supporting the creative process of women writers, and bringing their work to the world through innovative public programs. Hedgebrook was founded on Virginia Woolf’s belief that giving a writer a room of her own is the greatest vote of confidence in her voice. Having her own cottage, with meals provided, enables a writer to give full focus to her work and go deeper into her writing process.

How She Writes Supports Them

In 2013, She Writes Press published the Hedgebrook Cookbook: Celebrating Radical Hospitality, with contributions from Gloria Steinem, Ruth Ozeki, Dorothy Allison, and more, providing the organization with its full suite of publishing services and its distribution network pro bono. We continue to have a strong content relationship with Hedgebrook and regularly share their articles and offers with our community.

VIDA: Women In Literary Arts is a research-driven organization on a mission to increase critical attention to contemporary women’s writing as well as further transparency around gender equality issues in contemporary literary culture. Each year, with “The Count,” VIDA reveals major imbalances at premiere publications both in the US and abroad by providing hard data regarding women’s writing in literary publications, book reviews, and publications reviewed by women. Worldwide, VIDA is considered the definitive source for data involving women in literary publishing.

How She Writes Supports Them:

She Writes has had a close relationship with VIDA from its inception in 2009—the same year She Writes opened its virtual doors—and continues to support its important work by sharing its data with the She Writes community and the wider world every year.