The Cause


Teens (age 13+) in the 16 schools, grade 6 – 12 within the Pittsburgh Public Schools system are part of classrooms catering to more than 7,000 other students. With this many students vying for attention in Pittsburgh Public Schools, there is no doubt that many need extra attention as they prepare to graduate and move on to college.

Teen girls are especially in need of creative opportunities in middle school and high school. This critical time for a young girl requires boundary setting, an inclusive community for asking questions and sharing thoughts in a safe environment, and support from strong women. There is no available community in Pittsburgh catering to and consisting of teen girls who support one another, engage with one another, challenge one another in a creative setting, and prepare each other for life outside of middle and high school, particularly as Girls Write Pittsburgh provides.

The creative outlet of writing offers tools for personal growth and development, providing teen girls in Girls Write Pittsburgh with a method of self-expression, along with skills that will last a lifetime. Teens participating in Girls Write Pittsburgh will be exposed to professional writers of various styles and, in one-to-one mentor sessions, will learn skills for pursuing careers in communication and writing.

Teen girls from all backgrounds with a desire to write, share, grow, and learn from the process of writing will benefit from Girls Write Pittsburgh in areas such as personal accountability, personal growth and development, critical thinking, communication, leadership, public speaking, social and interpersonal relationship skills development, and rhetoric.

Girls Write Pittsburgh partners with local outlets to provide a safe and supportive environment for girls to express their individuality through various forms of writing including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, songwriting, playwriting, screen writing, blogging, journalism, and more (Girls Write: Spaces). Other partner organizations play host to workshops and seminars geared toward preparedness including college readiness (Girls Write: Places). Participants in Girls Write Pittsburgh will also have the opportunity to publish and read in unique social settings (Girls Write: Faces).

Since our launch in October 2016, Girls Write Pittsburgh has served more than 75 writers from 11 neighborhoods.