Her Words

Her Words is a writing and performance program for teen girls and gender nonconforming youth based in Morristown, New Jersey.


At Her Words (formerly Girls Surviving), teen girls and gender nonconforming youth write about issues that are relevant to their lives. They meet weekly at Morristown High School, in Morristown, NJ, to share experiences and write creatively. They craft narrative, poetry, and fiction as well as monologues and scenes for a play.

At the end of each academic year, the teens perform their work for family, friends, and community members. They also publish their writings in a book and perform readings of their work in the community and on Soundcloud

Because the program is free, fluid and varied, youth who might otherwise not have an opportunity to participate in such an extensive arts program discover their talents, learn new skills, and become more flexible with life’s expected demands. In essence, they learn to improvise, both on and off the stage. They hone their writing and performing skills and develop into leaders. 

Longtime members become paid interns in the summer program, responsible for leading exercises and group discussions. Girls who stay in the program year after year respond to the opportunities offered to them as well as the excitement and challenge of expressing themselves artistically in a relaxed and positive setting.

2022 – 2023 School Year Program 

Teen girls and gender nonconforming youth in grades 9 through 12 in Morristown and surrounding areas are welcome to join Her Words.

During the school year, they meet every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. from October through June. During the summer, they meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for six weeks. Each phase of the program culminates in the publication and performance of original literary work.

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Questions? Please contact Ellen Papazian, program director, at (973) 270-6765 or hiherwords@gmail.com.