Writing Craft BOOK CLUB

From March 1-11, the Pen Parentis Book Club will be discussing the beloved classic craft book Bird by Bird by a famous parent who writes: Anne Lamott. We are following the Twitter format used so successfully by A Public Space for #TolstoyTogether. Using Twitter allows all writer-parents to join the discussion whenever convenient, no matter […]

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Read 2020’s winning story!

We are thrilled to present “The Cats” by the 2020-2021 Pen Parentis Writing Fellow, Dawn Ryan. Dawn’s story was first published as the cover story in print in the gorgeous Issue 7 of Dreamers Creative Writing Magazine available here. Dreamers Creative Writing has just made the story available online. Please read and share widely! Dawn’s […]

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NIGHT SESSIONS: a virtual writing cafe

New, FREE perk for Pen Parentis sustaining Title Members!   Night Sessions: A Virtual Writing Cafe.  Open for night owl writers or people who didn’t get enough done during the day!   What:  A pandemic-born, Zoom-y, three-hour chunk of quiet nighttime writing alongside your fellow authors. Sunday through Thursday nights.   Why: You like the […]

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The Meaning of Fellowship

Please enjoy this beautiful open letter from 2019-2020’s Fellow Anjali Vaidya, to 2021’s Fellowship winners. (We awarded two Juror’s Prizes because it was extraordinary to us that any writer was able to create anything new in March-April of this year of pandemic parenting and political and racial turmoil) October 22, 2020San Diego, CA Dear Dawn, […]

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Choose your meetup!

Our weekly Writer-Parent Accountability Meetups are now entirely virtual! Choose the weekly time that works best for you and contact us to ask for the proper Zoom link. All times are Eastern, but participants welcome from anywhere! All participants MUST be writers who are parents (of any age kid) and all participants must commit to […]


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Salons: our 25th consecutive season!

  TO RSVP TO ANY OF OUR SALONS, please visit the page “who’s reading next” on the Literary Salons tab of this website. Or just click here.  For 2020-2021 our literary salons will be online, with the audience ability to post chat. We would LOVE it if you checked it out! You don’t have to […]

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Fellowship Winners List 2020-2021

Pen Parentis is delighted to announce the winners of our Tenth Anniversary Writing Fellowship for New Parents. First let us congratulate every single writer who managed to complete a sentence and crown all of you that not only finished new work but sent it in to our competition on this, the tenth anniversary year of […]

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