Interview with Tayari Jones

In May, Girls Write Now mentee alum Emma Fiske-Dobell got the chance to interview Tayari Jones, author of Leaving Atlanta and most recently, Silver Sparrow. Tayari talks about her inspirations, her characters, and gives advice for young writers. Watch the full video below!

Girls Write Now is a one-of-a-kind mentorship program where young women get paired with professional women writers. Every year, their work culminates in a CHAPTERS reading where the girls get to read their work. Tayari was the special guest author at the last CHAPTERS reading. The final reading of this year is this Friday, June 17 from 6-8pm at John Street Church (44 John Street, in lower Manhattan), and Kate Christensen will be the guest author. The entire Figment team will be there, so be sure to stop by!

Video credit: Kathleen Sweeney (, Friday, May 20, 2011.

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