Los Angeles AWP16 meetup

Partnering with the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Pen Parentis would like to invite all AWP16 attendees as well as any writers who live in the greater LA area who are parents to a meet-up at the fabulous gLAnce bar in the lobby of the  JW Marriot at LA Live on Thursday, March 31 from 5:30 – […]

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Graphic novels

I love comic books. LOVE. I love cartoons too–but some of them are not for kids. South Park, anyone? Family Guy? Adult Swim? We get it – just because it has drawings in it does not mean it is for children. I happen to also be a big fan of graphic novels intended for adult […]

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Do you need an extension?

As someone who often writes under a deadline, I have been using homework assignments to try to teach my kids the value of pacing oneself. I started college as the kid who finished all her assignments at 4am on the day they were due (I also used to suck on my used tea bags to […]

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Creative kids can’t spell

This is a personal rant against a trend in children’s literature. This rant does not represent the thinking of Pen Parentis, just of me. Ready? I am so frustrated by the current trend of books aimed at a younger child audience that are filled with intentionally misspelled words (Junie B Jones, Diary of a Wimpy […]

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Publishing or Self-Publishing for Kids

This rambling post isn’t about what you think. My kids and I have a ritual of me reading while they eat breakfast. It started because my son had read Castle in the Attic for school in third grade and wanted to share with his little sister, so, with his own money and without telling me, […]

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