Open Road Media Partners With Girls Write Now

Digital Publisher Sponsors Girls Write Now’s Celebrated CHAPTERS Series; Fridays This Spring

New York, NY (Mar 7) – Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher and multimedia content company, today announced its partnership with Girls Write Now (GWN), New York City’s premier creative writing and mentoring organization for at-risk and underserved high-school girls. As part of this partnership, Open Road will sponsor CHAPTERS 2012, a public reading series showcasing a fresh season of talent at GWN with keynote speeches from women who inspire the teens, including two Open Road authors: the bestselling co-author of The Daring Book for Girls, Andrea J. Buchanan, whose upcoming novel Gift will be published this month; and Alix Kates Shulman, whose library of eight titles, including Memoirs of an Ex–Prom Queen and her new collection The Marriage Agreement and Other Essays, will be published as ebooks in May, on the cusp of her eightieth birthday.

The full lineup of CHAPTERS’ special guest authors includes:

  • Friday, March 23: Alix Kates Shulman
  • Friday, April 27: Keli Goff
  • Friday, May 18: Raina Kelley
  • Friday, June 15: Andrea J. Buchanan

Open to the public, each event will take place at the historic John Street Church in lower Manhattan44 John Street, from 6–8 p.m. Admission is free for teens, with a suggested donation of $20 for adults. After-party at The Libertine, 15 Gold Street, 8–10 p.m.

CHAPTERS is supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. CHAPTERS is also produced in partnership with

“Remix,” CHAPTERS’ 2012 theme, encapsulates GWN’s commitment to mentoring the next generation of writers in the digital era they are ushering in, with teens debuting their original and digitally re-imagined works at the readings.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with a company as cutting edge as Open Road Media, led by one of the most respected and visionary leaders in the world of publishing. We admire Jane Friedman for her pioneering work in e-publishing as an exciting example to both our mentors and to our girls.” —Kamy Wicoff, Girls Write Now Board Chair

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Girls Write Now. Their work is meaningful, innovative, and truly making a difference.” —Rachel Chou, Chief Marketing Officer, Open Road Integrated Media

Open Road will also collaborate with Girls Write Now to:

  • Promote GWN’s meaningful mission and annual events
  • Develop resources and content for the GWN community
  • Film CHAPTERS readings and produce short, documentary-quality videos
  • Support students through a Young Reviewers Program, which will connect them with opportunities for recognition and complimentary new fiction and nonfiction for reading and reviewing