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Are you a writer who is also a parent?

Basic membership is free, but maybe you are interested in more members-only activities? Join as a Title Member and strengthen the Pen Parentis community now, and into the future! This commitment is 100% tax-deductible and will earn you a space on our homepage. Send us a photo, bio, links to your books–we will be so happy to promote you! And thank you so much for your support.

Become a Pen Parentis Title Member!


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Pen Parentis builds community for authors who are parents that want to publicly pledge their devotion to their craft. We offer multiple ways that like-minded authors with kids can come together both online and in person to exchange ideas, get support, and find resources to stay creative: from our Facebook and Twitter feeds, to an invitation-only Secret Group on Facebook.

Our doors are open to all writers who are also parents.

All members enjoy:

  • downloading a free badge for your website or blog (coming soon!)
  • engaging in conversations on our secret Facebook group Pen Parentis Behind Closed Doors (log-in on Facebook and request membership, email us directly, or ask a friend who is already in the group to add you)
  • exchanging ideas with other authors who have children at a Pen Parentis Chapter in your neighborhood! (coming soon)
  • meeting colleagues, editors and agents for drinks at our Literary Salons, currently monthly in New York and annually in Los Angeles
  • exploring our blog and/or volunteering to guest-blog
  • interacting with @PenParentis on Twitter
  • connecting with a mentor in the Pen Parentis Cycle of Support (coming soon)
  • reading the many interviews with writers who are also parents, available free on our website
  • being a good neighbor by checking out books written by other Pen Parentis authors
  • finding Pen Parentis on Facebook and commenting on the articles we post
  • alerting Pen Parentis whenever YOU have published an article about writing and/or parenting that we can help you promote
  • volunteering great authors who are also parents to read new work at our salons
  • shopping Pen Parentis products
  • participating in The Pen Parentis Book Club (online and in person!)
  • browsing the albums of our past Pen Parentis events, and seeing who you know!

We hope you do. And we hope–whether you have kids or are expecting or adopting–that you will become an active part of our wonderful community of devoted writers.

TITLE MEMBERS: Authors who actively support us get our active support in return – in appreciation for your recurring donation of $10/month or more, we will place your photo and bio on our website in our online author gallery as a Pen Parentis Title Member. Featured Authors are rotated randomly onto our home page. Additional benefits: Pen Parentis Title Members are the only authors we consider when seeking mentors for the Pen Parentis Cycle of Support. Pen Parentis Title Members are always considered first when we look for readers for our Literary Salons at Andaz in NYC and in Los Angeles. Additionally, Pen Parentis Title Members who tag us in posts on Facebook or Twitter with publishing news, writing classes, or any other item of interest for the Pen Parentis community will be retweeted/shared (please note that adding us to a mailing list does not guarantee sharing of content, but tagging does). Please also use the hashtag #PenParentis so that we can archive your success!

Writing is a lonely craft. Join a writing community that understands your needs.

Just drop us an email once you have your receipt of payment and we will get things going. Your donations are fully tax-deductible. We are interested in interviewing all Pen Parentis Title Members for the Pen Parentis Research Project.

TITLE MEMBERS AT FOUNTAIN PEN ($20/month) SHARPENED PENCIL ($15/month) or LAPTOP LEVEL ($150 annual) also enjoy the additional benefits listed below:

  •  free reciprocal membership to OneLitPlace, a vibrant online writers’ center that includes workshops and networking opportunities (a $55 value)
  •  a 20% discount on BellyFire Productions services for making book promotion videos

BASIC MEMBERSHIP: We do not discriminate based on income. There are no dues required to become a basic member of Pen Parentis, just sign up on the form below. Basic membership is free, leave your email address and you can join our circle right away. Please us all the resources we have, free of charge. We are happy to support you in your time of need, and hope that as your income grows, you will support your community in return. We sincerely hope that your circumstances will soon improve and we will do all we can to help that happen — ! Sign up below: