10 Girls/10 Weeks
Help support a screenwriting boot camp for teen girls and empower them to tell their own stories! Ten aspiring young female writers from all corners of Columbus are participating in the Wexner Center’s 10 Girls/10 Weeks, an intensive workshop led by filmmaker and Wright State professor Chinonye Chukwu and Wex educator Jean Pitman. The girls—ages 13–17, selected by Chukwu and Pitman after an open call for applications—represent a diversity of backgrounds, ethnicities, and socioeconomic circumstances, and hail from a wide range of schools: public, private, urban, suburban, rural, and charter. During the 10-week program, the girls are gathering every Sunday to analyze films, discuss techniques, share ideas, conduct research, go on field trips, meet with filmmakers, and to write, revise, and ultimately complete their own short scripts. The workshop culminates with readings of the finished scripts by a professional local actor.
This special initiative grew out of Chukwu’s Pens to Pictures, a moviemaking workshop for incarcerated women, supported by a Wex residency. Response to Pens to Pictures was so positive that the Wex engaged Chukwu for this new program for girls to guide them in telling their own stories – a timely project, given the well-publicized dearth of female voices in film. (Pens to Pictures and 10 Girls/10 Weeks also coincide with a focus on female artists this year at the Wex.) This rare opportunity to work with Chukwu and Pitman – and with each other – will have a lasting impact on participants, exposing them to professionals in the fields of writing and filmmaking, and fostering their own screenwriting skills.
10 Girls/10 Weeks is a true “town/gown” partnership – an example of the Ohio State’s commitment to engage the broader community. The program advances Ohio State’s Time and Change strategic plan—which encourages creative expression to drive positive social impact—and supports both the Discovery Theme of Humanities and the Arts, and the 2020 Vision areas of Community Engagement and Diversity & Inclusion.
Join us in encouraging these girls and their growth as writers and artists! Your contribution will defray costs associated with screenwriting software, transportation, and Chukwu’s honorarium. Thank you!