Every writer should be encouraged to thrive and should be able to find a supportive arts community to help them stay on creative track.
We recognize that in many circles, parenthood is viewed as a handicap to an artistic career. We hope to see a world in which all writers are are afforded an equal chance to succeed – a world where the needs of parents are addressed as a matter of course when creating an arts-forward service program, as ultimately they ought to be addressed in every career path.
Pen Parentis provides critical resources to working writers to help them stay on creative track after starting a family.
We build and support in-person and online communities of authors who are also parents to encourage the production of new, high-quality written work, and we offer individual aid to writers whenever possible. We believe in extending our reach through partnerships with organizations who host activities that support creative writing and organizations and businesses that support the health and well-being of writers and of parents.
We are headquartered in New York City but our reach is global through our networking website and social media channels, all of which feature unique parenting-and-writing resources.
WHAT ARE WE?
Since 2009, Pen Parentis has been providing audience-building performance opportunities and other resources to working writers who are also parents.
Please join our community – writing is a lonely calling and we understand how hard it is to stay connected once you become a parent. Membership information here.
The objective of Pen Parentis is to provide resources to working artists in the literary field who are also parents:
- to encourage the production of creative written work of professional standard by authors who are also parents
- to foster supportive communities of authors who are also parents, both locally and online, and through outreach activities,
- to provide educational, creative, and professional support in this discipline to members of these communities so that authors who are also parents will continue to actively pursue their creative goals.
Our networking website featuring parenting and writing resources including an annual fellowship, mentoring opportunities, and online and in-person networking opportunties, Pen Parentis plans in the future to offer community building workshops, parenting workshops for artists, creativity workshops for new parents, and ultimately, a writing center that partners with child care or educational programs.
There are inherent prejudices against artists that are parents. The visual arts community has already begun to address these prejudices. The theater world has also begun to realize that parent-artists have unique needs.
We hope to see the end of these stereotypes for writers, and work towards an arts community that embraces all artists regardless of their parenting status.
To this end, we have already begun to partner with wonderful New York City-based nonprofits including Church Street School for Music and Art, HRP Mamas, Trinity Church’s community center Charlotte’s Place, PEN America, the Concert Artists Guild, and the former 92Y/Tribeca. If you are a member of a NYC organization that would like to discuss partnering with us, please contact us.
Want To Help?
PEN PARENTIS is a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit arts service organization. Contributions to PEN PARENTIS are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
If you agree that people who are parents are as important to the arts community as writers who have no offspring, we would love to hear from you. Your donations keep the Pen Parentis Literary Salon alive. Our one-of-a-kind reading series is run primarily on donations from readers like you. No amount is too large or too small. One click (and a valid credit card) is all it takes.
Writers that are also parents that pledge recurring donations (see list here) are honored for their support as Pen Parentis Title Members. We request a bio and headshot and links to your creative works and pledge to help you publicize your forthcoming works, any writing classes you may teach, etc. Becoming a Pen Parentis Title Member also makes you eligible to become a Pen Parentis Mentor. We are always delighted to promote the creative work of authors who are also parents!
Pen Parentis Literary Salons are made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. They are also funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and by a generous one-time grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation in California. We thank our sponsors and urge you to support the arts!
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Amazon Literary Partners
Amazon Smile Foundation
The Sustainable Arts Foundation
New York State Council on the Arts
Bronius Motekaitis of BCSWebstudio
Emily Ann Pulley
With special support from:
Michael C. Allen & Co., CPAs PLLC
The John A Hartford Foundation
Dr. Lewis Gross
Pen Parentis logo design by: Melissa Guion
Video editing provided by Tim KentIGTV established by Brook S. Yimer.
Thank You, Valuable Volunteers:
- Lisette Boer
- Brook Yimer
- Gabija Blauzdziunas
- Jurgita Raskeviciute
- Kaitlin Sansoucie
- Rose Cirrincione
- Betsy Mair
- Kristin Rath
- Gail Renner
- Sonia de Beaufort
- Renni Johnson
- Vida Foubister