Join our hugely successful ACCOUNTABILITY MEETUPS and get writing!
**FREE for sustaining Title Members of Pen Parentis**

Not a title member yet?  Join HERE – we have a range of levels to suit all budgets, starting from $10 a month!

(Drop in fee for Basic Members and nonmembers (you still have to be a parent):  $10 donation per session, payable in $120 lump sum for 12 weeks of sessions.)

DayTimeframeHost's TimeZoneTimeNoteMeetup LeaderDescriptionStatus
MondayEveningsPacific8pmonlineKathleen Lawton-TraskThe marvelous Kathleen Lawton-Trask runs a creative writing group in West Hollywood. She holds an MFA from Columbia and is perfect to start a brand-new cohort on Pacific time! Of course you are welcome to join from any time zone! Great one for the night owls who want to work after the babes go to bed! Places Available
TuesdayMornings Eastern10amonlineM. M. De VoeCurrently all women but open to men, several prize winning writers are on this zoomPlaces Available
TuesdayEveningsCentral8.30pmonlineDavid MessmerThis excellent meetup is run by David Messmer who teaches creative writing at Rice University in Houston! So far we have seen a publication in a Mystery Magazine (well paid!) and a big literary prize!! Everyone has moved ahead on their projects. Jump on this meetup if you are available evenings and want to start your week writing! Sometimes followed by an optional silent-write-in. Places Available
WednesdayMorningsEastern10amIN PERSON; LOWER MANHATTAN Sarah Farivar HayesBrand new! Lower Manhattan Wednesdays 10-11am (run by Neurobiologist & Thriller Writer, Sarah Farivar Hayes)Places Available
WednesdayAfternoonsEastern2pmonlineMarcia LeBeauMarcia LeBeau (a fabulous artist/poet and runs a gorgeous writing center in NJ called The Write Space) - hosts a warm and supportive weekly online meetup at 2pm Eastern on Wednesday afternoons!!

Marcia is also collecting names of new members for IN-PERSON meetup if you live near Maplewood/Orange NJ. (time/date TBA)
Places Available
ThursdayMorningsPacific11amonlineLaura Wheatman HillOur newest cohort is led by the lovely Laura Wheatman Hill who has taught many writing classes and is thrilled to represent Pen Parentis from the West Coast. (it’s at 2pm Eastern, in case you hate math) This new group has already distinguished itself - every single member of this small meetup has published since they first started less than a year ago!Places Available
FridayMornings Eastern11amIN PERSON; QUEENSRichard Jeffrey NewmanBrand new! Fridays 11am in a public space near the Queens Highway subway stop in Queens in NYC (run by poet & professor Richard Jeffrey Newman)Places Available
FridayMornings Eastern10amonlineM. M. De VoeRun by M M De Voe (originally in person at the Oculus (WTC) in Manhattan—our longest running groupPlaces Available
SaturdayMorningsEastern10amonlineJoline Scott RollerThis great group is run by Joline Scott Roller who was an editor on Mom Egg Review and is a writing teacher in Ohio. She’s a single mom doing it all! Her current project is a huge world-building fantasy novel. This group actively seeks new members! Places Available
TBCTBConlineCrystal HerreraWRITING RACE with Crystal Herrera-Periera ( click here to see her profile ) We envisioned a safe space where writers of this incendiary and important topic can share resources and be incentivized to finish and publish the vital work they are doing. This is an accountability group not a writing workshop. Participants will be asked to sign a community agreement.  You do not have to be writing nonfiction: any writer whose work addresses a group that they feel might need a sensitivity reader or who is addressing an aspect of race that is potentially incendiary is welcome to enter this gentle space. We are taking names for a new cohort that will begin this Fall. Email your interest using our contact-us form.Coming soon!

Participants welcome from anywhere – WATCH FOR TIME ZONE! These are fully interactive, community-building zoom and we keep them intimate so you’ll really get to know your cohort. Regular attendance is requested, 12 weeks commitment at a time.   You MUST be a parent (of any age kid) and you must commit to a writing project (beginning stages is fine, any genre including novels, plays, musicals, poetry, collections, stories, memoir, Thesis, children’s books, journalism–anything that is a writing project).   This is not a workshop: this is a proven method to move forward to finish whatever writing project you are passionately pursuing.  All meetups last one hour.

Please use the contact-us form below to ask to join a group–or to be put on the waitlist, ask for information, or otherwise to contact us about Accountability Meetups!!

If you are already a Title Member of Pen Parentis, consider running your own accountability meetup. Training provided as well as a small monthly cash incentive. 6 month commitment required.