“Don’t be surprised by the emergence of undiscovered talents.”

I had such an inspiring time over the weekend with teen girls! The nonprofit WriteGirl is a fabulous organization that pairs young women with mentors to express themselves through creative writing.

Sunday’s afternoon event was a fiction workshop and drew over 100 attendees. Held at The Autry, mentors and mentees filled up the auditorium of the Wells Fargo Theater.

I shared a few tips on jumping points for starting stories during a relaxed interview. Though I kickstarted the event, other distinguished authors who offered wisdom included Marissa Kennerson, Vicki Stiefel, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, and Lisa Horiuchi.

The workshop split time between listening to writing advice, doing creative exercises, mining the museum for inspiration, and drafting longer narrative pieces.

One of my favorite parts of the day was when the young women went up to share at the mic. Part of the time they got to vent and say whatever they wanted about things going on in their lives—so freeing. The other half they shared the story ideas they crafted during their time at the workshop.

WriteGirl even gave me a special gift for being a guest. Too sweet!

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