How to Make Money as a Writer (and feed your kids).

I’m reluctant to post this, because it is about making money. It is not about art. It will not feed your soul. (It might feed your family, however.) But here goes: As the parent of two kids, I’m always worried about college and other extremely high-cost future ticket items (not to mention the expensive current […]

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How to balance a creative career and an active family life

I was asked to guest-blog on Kidville’s blog on the topic of balancing a creative career and parenting responsibilites, and I share with you the post. One day, perhaps we will also be fancy here with images and so forth. But for now: stay creative. Balance your life. Please comment on their blog in response […]

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Crossword Poetry – guest blog by Brooklyn poet, Peter Valentine

Not every writer who is a Pen Parentis Author has four novels and an NEA grant. A lot of us are writers with day-jobs to support a family, who simply can’t live without our creative outlet. Here’s a guest-blog from a terrific poet, Peter Valentine, whose daily crossword-poetry is a wonderful example of threading a […]

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Free money costs time

It’s grant season! The NEA’s amazing fiction grant is available every other year – and this is the year for fiction (next year is poetry, etc.) — hard to keep track of because the grant is actually a 2014 grant but the application is due by February 28th, 2013. And if you think you’re going […]

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Back to Birgitte – second post from South America

Guest blogger, Birgitte Rasine checks in with manuscript and toddler from her writing travels in the wilds of South America… A Clash of Two Worlds The tropics.  Hot hot sun, exotic fruits, amazing local food, plenty of wildlife and songbirds, a hammock swinging in the breeze, cool drink in your hand… what more could a […]

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Rediscovering the joy of writing – against all odds

As a reminder: Birgitte Rasine, a California-based member of Pen Parentis, is guest-blogging for us. Here is the first  installment from her travels to South America with toddler and writing in tow…. We writers have never had it better, easier, or more convenient to write.   Laptops are lighter, smaller, thinner, faster and more powerful than […]

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