If you are an LA woman writer, and have been considering using your skills to help young women and girls, WriteGirl is for you. Since 2001, WriteGirl has been empowering girls by helping them develop their confidence, self-esteem, creativity, and communication skills through the craft and practice of creative writing. WriteGirl offers opportunities for high school girls to read and share their writings, and publishes annual anthologies of work by high school girls and women. The most recent is Listen to Me: Shared Secrets from WriteGirl, with poetry, fiction, scenes, songs, essays, and writing exercises. Carol Muske-Dukes, California Poet Laureate, says, "Listen to Me is a dazzling chorus of smart, tough, inspired voices of independent-minded young women." Through mentoring, writing workshops, public readings, performances, and publications, WriteGirl teens explore poetry, fiction, journalism, screenwriting, songwriting and more. Monthly workshops are held near downtown Los Angeles and weekly workshops take place across the greater Los Angeles region. WriteGirl is looking for mentors and volunteers for their teen-girl creative writing workshops and mentoring program. All women of diverse professional backgrounds are invited, and writers, of course, are especially needed. WriteGirl could also use your help with events, book marketing, mentoring, public relations and more. For more information, call (213) 253-2655, or download an application from www.writegirl.org. Application deadline: November 10, 2009. The final 2009 orientation/training for new volunteers will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009, in Los Angeles.