Greenwich Pen Women, a branch of the National League of American Pen Women, is a non-profit organization of women artists, writers, and musicians. We offer mutual support and exchange of ideas to encourage and inspire excellence in original creative work.
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer
--Helen Hunt Jackson, September
Note from our President:
Welcome back from your summer travels – at least those of you lucky enough to travel. Your president has enjoyed living vicariously through your pictures, as she has been chained to her desk rewriting and revising her 2020 novel. We’re excited to kick off an exciting new year of Pen Women programming.
Letters - The next letter critique will be held on Friday, September 6, from 10 am to noon at Rosemarie Anner's home.
Arts - We’re still looking for volunteer(s) to serve on the board as Arts chair(s). It’s really important to have representation on the board, because we need the input from your discipline.
The next art critique will be held at Ellen Fagan’s home on Tuesday, September 17 from 5 - 7 pm with munchies provided.
Fall Meet and Greet – join us at the Silo Hill Clubhouse on Sunday, September 15 from 5 - 7 pm for our annual fall Meet and Greet. This is a fun social activity that’s a great time to catch up with fellow members after the summer, and to introduce prospective members to Greenwich Pen Women. Wine and light refreshments will be offered.
Open Mic Nights – Mark your calendar for the last Open Mic night of the year on Monday, October 21, 7 pm at the Perrot Memorial Library, 90 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich. These have been a great success, and we plan to do more in the future.
At our recent board meeting we discussed some very exciting upcoming events – more on them once they’re finalized. One thing we’re really excited about, particularly as an organization to promote and nurture professional women creatives, is programming around the Greenwich Historical Society’s exhibit on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of 19th Amendment giving women suffrage, including a writing competition for young people. More on that to come.
On August 9, Barbara Ehrentreu, Joyce DiCamillo, Ida Angland, and I went to see the premiere of This Changes Everything a simultaneously depressing and inspiring feature-length documentary that uncovers what is beneath one of the most confounding dilemmas in the entertainment industry -- the under-representation and misrepresentation of women. It takes an incisive look at the history, empirical evidence, and systemic forces that foster gender discrimination and thus reinforce disparity in our culture. We hoping to get one of the directors featured in the film to speak to us about the fight for equality in creative disciplines. More to come.
We’re also looking into a program about public speaking, something that we all have to do as creative women, and which doesn’t come naturally to all of us. Who else feels sick to their stomach before they have to speak in front of an audience? (raises hand)
Be sure to check out the latest member news, and to our Jewish members, L’Shanah Tovah – wishing you a happy and healthy New Year.
~ ~ Sarah and Leigh
GPW President Sarah Darer Littman