Top Songwriters Help Teen Girls Tell Their Stories




Keren Taylor, Executive Director,(323) 327-2555keren@writegirl.org

Teresa Huang, Public Relations Coordinator, (213) 253-2655,pr@writegirl.org


Top Songwriters Help Teen Girls Tell Their Stories

Teen girls’ lyrics come to life in song 

LOS ANGELES – Teen girls will write and have their original song lyrics performed by the same music industry professionals who have written hit songs for Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Beyonce at the 13th annual WriteGirlSongwriting Workshop.

Nearly 100 teen girls will work with some of the industry’s top songwriters, as well as WriteGirl volunteer mentors, for this special event on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in downtown Los Angeles. WriteGirl teens will learn how to transform their words into musical forms ranging from pop to blues to rock.  The workshop will introduce girls to key concepts of lyric writing, including rhythm, rhyme structures, “the hook,” and how to write memorable song titles.

Girls will learn all the aspects of the songwriting process during an intensive workshop, and their songwriting journey will culminate with their lyrics performed on stage by professional musicians and singers.

This year’s songwriting workshop will feature a host of talented women including:

Deanna DellaCioppa, Kyler England, Laurie Geltman, Louise Goffin, Kay Hanley, Alison Jayne, Robin Lerner, Michelle Lewis, L.P., Bonnie McKee, Lisa Nemzo, Holly Palmer, Anne Previn, Lindsey Ray, Janet Robin, Celeste Scalone, Renee Stahl, Rosemarie Tan, Keren Taylor, Allee Willis, and Krysta Youngs.

“Having just come back from being honored at the White House, it’s great to continue that momentum with one of our most popular events of the year,” said Keren Taylor, WriteGirl’s Executive Director.  “And in this 13th year, we have more songwriters than ever joining us to work with our girls.”

Event Sponsors include ASCAP and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Youth Arts Division.

13th Annual WriteGirl Songwriting Workshop

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

111 N Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012




About WriteGirl


WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring organization in Los Angeles that helps teen girls discover and express their creative voices. WriteGirl has two main programs: the Core Mentoring Program, in which at-risk teen girls are matched with professional women writers for one-on-one mentoring, genre-specific workshops, public readings, publications and college and scholarship application assistance; and the In-Schools Program, where volunteer mentors lead weekly workshops to improve literacy and communication skills at schools in critically at-risk neighborhoods.


WriteGirl enrolls more than 350 underserved teen girls (ages 13-18) from the metropolitan Los Angeles region. In a city where the dropout rate hovers around 50 percent, WriteGirl has maintained a 12-year record of guiding 100 percent of girls in their Core Mentoring Program to not only graduate from high school but also enroll in college. WriteGirl publications have collectively won over 60 national and international book awards. WriteGirl was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest national honor awarded to exemplary after-school and out-of-school time programs from across the country. For more information, visit www.writegirl.org