Our weekly Writer-Parent Accountability Meetups are now entirely virtual!

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.
**FREE for sustaining Title Members of Pen Parentis**

WATCH FOR TIME ZONE, participants welcome from anywhere! 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 parents (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.

PICK A WEEKLY ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP – Note two special in-person options below this list.


Saturday Mornings 10am EASTERN
hosted by Joline Scott Roller


Monday Evenings 8:00pm – PACIFIC
Kathleen Lawton-Trask


Tuesday Mornings 10am EASTERN
hosted by M. M. De Voe
(Ask for waitlist)


Tuesday Nights 8:30pm CENTRAL
hosted by David Messmer


Wednesday Afternoons 2pm EASTERN
hosted by Marcia LeBeau


Thursday Mornings 11am PACIFIC
hosted by Laura Wheatman Hill


Brooklyn (Time/Date TBA)
hosted by Mai Lauren Hoang & Burke Gerstenschlager
(Currently on hiatus)


Friday Mornings 10am EASTERN
hosted by M. M. De Voe
(ask for waitlist)


SPECIAL — WRITING 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. Email your interest using our contact-us form. Will likely begin in Winter 2022.



Poet Richard Jeffrey Newman is gathering writer-parents who live in or close to Queens for a hyperlocal in-person accountability meetup group. Starting this Fall on FRIDAYS from 9:30am-10:30am.

Also neurobiologist and thriller-writer Sarah Farivar Hayes is collecting writer-parents who wish to meet in Lower Manhattan for an in-person weekly accountability meetup. Thursdays 10am – 11am.

As you will recall, our groups began in person, so we are thrilled to pilot our first post-pandemic in-person groups.

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!!

Each video zoom session consists of networking and personal goal-setting, discussion of personal obstacles and working together to overcome them.

Weekly attendance is strongly suggested.

Drop in fee for Basic Members and nonmembers:
$10 donation per session, payable in $120 lump sum for 12 weeks of sessions.

**FREE for sustaining Title Members of Pen Parentis**

click here to find out more about Title Membership! We welcome all writers with kids!

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.