Girls Write Pittsburgh
By: Heidi Detweiler
When I was a teenager, writing saved my life.
During my high school years, I felt like an outcast; constantly getting in trouble trying to fit in, and passing every class by the skin of my teeth.
I was rebellious, directionless, depressed, and suicidal. I was ashamed of who I was without even knowing who I was –
Until I discovered my voice through writing. And it saved my life.
To this day, whenever asked about why I believe in self-empowerment through writing, I reflect back on my story. I give tremendous credit to the teachers who saw past my behavioral issues and heard the voice underneath. People underestimate the value of simple encouragement; that it is often the difference between a young person believing in themselves and never gaining the confidence they need to succeed –
That is why I am involved with Girls Write Pittsburgh, because it’s an organization designed to empower self-identifying teen girls through the creative expression of writing.
But Girls Write Pittsburgh is more than a writing group. It is a safe space where teen girls can come together to overcome the obstacles they face in school and in their personal lives. It is a place where they are encouraged to grow their voices through writing, and where they are exposed to a world of opportunity through mentorship and support.
In today’s world more than ever, it is so important for young girls to know that their voice matters. This is why Girls Write Pittsburgh provides all services free of charge, so that teen girls from every background can have an equal opportunity to learn and be inspired. Through weekly and quarterly workshops that focus on personal and professional growth, we strive to benefit young writers in ways that will continue on for the rest of their lives. Our aim is to write a better future, designed by those who need the most change, because –
“Real change happens when the people who need it, lead it.”
– Sonia Lowman
For the past year, Girls Write Pittsburgh’s mission has been to serve self-identified teen girls in the Pittsburgh region through the craft of creative writing, encouraging self-empowerment, growth, and discovery. On Wednesday, November 29th, we are celebrating this year of success with a fundraising event at Threadbare Cider House.
If you are interested, we would love for you to join us to celebrate our anniversary at this happy hour and fundraiser. This event will be the first step in continuing our mission for the next year.