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.
Note from our President:
"Dear March, come in! How glad I am! I looked for you before. Put down your hat — You must have walked — How out of breath you are! Dear March, how are you? And the rest? Did you leave Nature well? Oh, March, come right upstairs with me, I have so much to tell! "
--by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Punxsutawney Pete predicted an early Spring, so as the snow flurries outside our windows, we can hope for warmer weather and the first signs of snowdrops, crocuses, and daffodils. In the meantime, your board is staying warm, busy with planning programs for the rest of the year and beyond.
Working with our fantastic and energetic new program chair Diane Morello, our Greenwich Pen Women programs will focus on three things:
- Empower members to be brilliant
- Amplify the voices, works, goals and reach of members
- Enrich the craft and exposure of members
To those ends, we have identified several GPW programs for 2019 and 2020, each of which will need co-leads, support and community contacts. If a program is a good fit for you, please volunteer!
- Design activities, collaborative projects and field trips to celebrate the centennial of women suffrage in US
- Advance understanding and use of digital multimedia, blogging and digital technology
- Build local popup events to engage children and teens in dynamic-creation activities
- Launch a GPW-curated letters-art-music contest
- Plan a letters-art-music event to enhance GPW professionalism and attract new women in the community
Penwomen/Perrot Library Discussion Series – Sarah will be leading a discussion of Franklin Foer’s book World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech on Monday March 25th at 7 pm in the Rand Room.
Penwomen/Perrot Library Discussion Series – Laurie Heiss will be leading a discussion of Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, both by Mohsin Hamid. Monday, May 13th at 7 pm in the Rand Room.
Letters will meet on Thursday March 7th from 2 - 4 pm at The Second Congregational Church at 139 East Putnam Ave., entrance on Maple Avenue.
The April meeting is on Thursday April 4th – location TBD.
Leigh will be sending out the request to Letters members next week to compile a list of works and a further list of what members' publications might be available for sale in a book fair setting.
Arts chairs Karen Heffner and Libby Collins are looking for a location in which to hold a presentation on creativity by Pen Woman Roberta Seret, which we’re hoping to hold in April. More on that to come.
Please be sure to check Member News to see what your fellow creative women have been up to.
We are adding a Google Calendar widget to the website, to provide a one stop shop where you can check dates of GPW events, as well as alerting other members to artistic and literary events you are taking part in. Check out the calendar page and try clicking on an individual event for more details.
To add one of your own events to the calendar, please email Doris Mady at email@example.com and CC: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure you copy BOTH in order to ensure your event is added to the calendar and Member News.
In order to ensure your information is up-to-date before we print out directories for the annual meeting in May, please check what is there currently and alert us to any changes.
~ ~ Sarah and Leigh
GPW President Sarah Darer Littman