DC and WriteGirl Empower The Next Generation of Female StorytellersThe Next Great Storytellers Changing the Narrative / Posted on August 30, 2019
DC welcomed 40 teen storytellers from the award-winning creative writing mentorship organization, WriteGirl, into the publisher’s legendary halls to learn about the World’s Greatest Super Heroes and the art of graphic storytelling. This full-day writing workshop was developed to inspire these Los Angeles-area girls, ages 13-18, to unleash their unique superpowers through pen and paper and envision potential careers in comics and graphic novels. At Warner Bros., it’s events like these that allow us to continue to support the next great storytellers by helping them recognize the value of their own voices.
The WriteGirl event kicked off with a welcome speech by Michele Wells, vice president and executive editor of DC’s Books for Young Readers program, followed by a series of breakout sessions taught by representatives from DC’s editorial team and several of the comics industry’s top writers and artists including Mariko Tamaki (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass), Cecil Castellucci (Female Furies), Sarah Kuhn (Shadow of the Batgirl), Nicole Goux (Shadow of the Batgirl), Amy Wolfram (DC Super Hero Girls), Monica Kubina (DC Super Hero Girls), and Cat Staggs (Adventures of Supergirl).
Teen mentees experienced the collaborative nature of graphic storytelling, working together with the help of their professional mentors to develop original stories for Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Supergirl, and other iconic DC characters. From learning how to write captivating pitches to writing their first comics script, the girls gained a new set of graphic storytelling tools to add to their writing toolbox.
WriteGirl is a free program for aspiring female writers ages 13 to 18, many of whom are from at-risk and underserved communities. Girls participating in the program get guidance and mentorship from women who volunteer to share their expertise.
Watch DC Daily’s recap of the day’s activities to learn more about this special event. At Warner Bros., we continually look for opportunities and partnerships that allow us to positively impact the next generation of storytellers. Visit our Changing the Narrative and Next Great Storytellers pages to learn more about what we do to support storytellers and how we are creating pathways into the entertainment industry.