Especially for Journalists / CNF writers about parenthood

As you know Pen Parentis encourages all writers who have kids to stay on creative track – which means to finish the fantastic projects that were started before you had kids! But what about those of you who came to writing specifically BECAUSE of your kids? Or those who write essays and creative nonfiction based […]

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Feeling trapped??

We just edited and released our two wonderful interviews with Dr. Michelle Tichy, Educational Psychologist and expert at whole-family mental health and productivity–she has been working with homeschooled kids and productivity and social justice matters for many, many years and founded the HOEP Initiative to help parents who work find a holistic means to productivity […]

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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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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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From Northern Jersey

2020 is the decade of the writing parent! We are thrilled to announce two new accountability meetups that will begin in 2020 to help writers raising kids stay on creative track! As always, all genres and types of writing projects are welcome, so whether you’re working on a screenplay or a memoir based on your […]

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We are changing the world

Just this week, the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon wrote an article for GQ called “Are Kids the Enemy of Writing?” – it is a longread. The title is tongue in cheek. It begins with an anecdote where a colleague tells him under no circumstances should he have a child if he wants a […]

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