We are changing the world

Just this week, the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon wrote an article for GQ called “Are Kids the Enemy of Writing?” – it is a longread. The title is tongue in cheek. It begins with an anecdote where a colleague tells him under no circumstances should he have a child if he wants a […]

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Book AND Baby? You can totally do this.

We have so much proof. More than 275 incredible writers who have kids have presented their published, well-received, award-winning books at our Salons. We have given out $1000 per year to deserving writers with kids under ten years old. It’s not impossible to have a gorgeous, well-written book as well as a happy kid or […]

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How to Nurture a Great Writing Career After Having a Child

In preparation for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the AWP writers’ conference, writing-parent experts M. M. De Voe (Founder/Executive Director, Pen Parentis, Ltd), J. P. Howard (curator, Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon), Julianne Palumbo (Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Mothers Always Write) and Marjorie Tesser (Editor-in-Chief, Mom Egg Review) came together to talk about the enormous implications of […]

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Resources and inspirations for Moms relaunching careers

We follow a terrific NYC-based arts blog called The Clyde Fitch Report and they published a wonderful list of resources for mothers relaunching careers after taking some time off for family. Most of these resources are offered by small businesses and nonprofits (like ours!) started by moms who wanted to go back to work themselves but […]

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AWP Conference Guidebook for Parents

Writers who have kids don’t necessarily have time to read through the many, many pages of AWP documents provided by the conference.  So, some folks at Sustainable Arts Foundation and Pen Parentis have volunteered to read through the conference materials and have attempted to gather together some don’t-miss events. This is by no means a […]

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Download a Fellowship Flyer!

Please help us spread the word about the Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents. Do you work in a coffee shop where there is a bulletin board? Maybe you are an alum of a writing program and they have a listserv?  Or maybe you’ve just got a few friends who are terrific writers who […]

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Founding Director M. M. De Voe is profiled on Motherwriters.com

This interview with Pen Parentis Founding Director M. M. De Voe asks how balance can be found in parenting and writing. Follow the link to see how she answers!

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