Today I did a workshop with Girls Write Now, a great organization that provides guidance, support, and opportunities for New York City’s underserved or at-risk high school girls. Each girl is matched with a female NYC author who mentors them through the program, takes monthly creative writing classes with them, and helps them to navigate the most difficult years of teenager-hood. I gave a reading from Animal Crackers, handed out copies of One Story, did a Q&A, then gave a lesson on point of view, where the girls tried out a writing exercise and shared their work. These teens were all incredibly smart, brave and talented, and the women organizing the event did an amazing job putting it all together. On my way back to Brooklyn, I passed a flash mob of Santas, gathering on the steps of the 34th street post office. It put me in the giving frame of mind. Looking for a place to donate those tax-dollars? Why not give to Girls Write Now, or Behind the Book, two very deserving organizations that are filling in where arts funding is being cut from our schools. It’s sure to move you from the “naughty” to the “nice” list this year.