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QWERTY is the culmination of Girls Write Now’s 2017 Digital Media Mentoring Program in partnership with Parsons The New School for Design. Since 2012, girls in Girl's Write Now's Digital Media Mentoring Program have created portfolios at the intersection of language, technology, and art. This program is made possible with leadership funding from the New York City Council STARS Citywide Girls Initiative, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, News Corp, Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Held at the Downtown Community Television Center in Manhattan the QWERTY Digital Media Exhibition showcased innovative genre-and medium-bending work by NYC teens. 

Their projects ranged from mockumentary short films to non-linear stories made with code. Each showcasing their spectacular writing and the new digital media skills they have learned in the program. With the help of their mentors, our mentees have created masterpieces!

Keynote guest speakers included moderator, Jenna Wortham from the New York Times Magazine and a panel including game designer Kaho Abe, writer and filmmaker Leah GilliamTwitter's Janice Morris, and GIPHY's Jasmyn Lawson.

QWERTY emcees this year were Digital Media Mentoring pair, Madhurie Parasram and Emma DeFelice.

A special thanks to the Parsons The New School team, Richelle Szypulski and Pan Hsuan-Yu, our photographer and videographer respectively. We would also like to thank our Curriculum Chair Tana Tymeson, Senior Program Coordinator Isabel Abrams, Program Coordinator Sierra Ritz, and Program Intern Nina Luo. 

Photo Credit: Richelle Szypulski

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