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.

Fire and Ice
by GPW Marialiisa Pettiengill


"Without Valentine's Day, February would be... well, January. "

--Jim Gaffigan

Note from our President:

We were all deeply saddened to learn we’d lost one of Greenwich Pen Women’s leading lights, the wonderful, witty Kay Langan. Read her obituary here. Letters member and longtime friend of Kay’s Judy Crystal wrote a beautiful remembrance , which was published in the Greenwich Sentinel, along with a fantastic photo by Arts member Mary Alice Carmichael.

Upcoming Programs:

We are beyond thrilled to welcome Diane Morello to the board as our new Program Chair. Send her any program ideas you have for next year.

On February 20th at 7:30 pm at the Perrot Library, Radcliffe Wing, Authors Guild general counsel Cheryl L. Davis will be speaking about Protecting Your Intellectual Property and the general state of the publishing industry. If you haven’t seen it, the recently released survey of author income was extremely depressing. This talk is co-sponsored by the Perrot Library – we are looking to work with other Greenwich organizations to provide interesting programs for community outreach.

Letters will meet on February 7th from 2 pm to 4 pm at The Second Congregational Church at 139 East Putnam Ave., entrance on Maple Avenue. In case of snow, the parking lot will be plowed. Thanks to Anita Kiere for reserving GPW a room. March 7th is the date of next month’s meeting.

In response to board discussion about a possible book fair event, we will be sending out an inquiry as to published works by members that might be available to sell (personally, through a bookstore, or online). We will also be looking at online publications by our authors. Furthermore, we would like to compile an active list (that can be added to) of the accomplishments of our Letters members because National absorbed much of that. This request might even be applicable to our other two disciplines: Music and Art.

The next art critique will be on February 19th at the Cos Cob Library from 3 - 5 pm Please RSVP if you will attend so we can notify you if the critique is cancelled for inclement weather. Any members, artist or not, are welcome to attend.

Coming up in late March or April: Roberta Seret has agreed to lead a discussion on Creativity in Our Everyday Lives. The discussion will include learning from our creativity and encouraging creativity in children.

The Creative Women show and creativity panels at the Greenwich Arts Council were a great success. Thanks to Barbara O'Shea and Margaret Simon for all their hard work on the show, and Karen Heffner for her hard work on the opening reception and creativity panels.

Please take note of the new icons located on the right side of our GPW newsletter. In response to requests to make our web site more useful in promoting our members’ events and work, we’ve created a Greenwich Pen Women blog, and Twitter/Instagram accounts in addition to the public Facebook page. Our new program chair, Diane Morello, is planning a program about how we can use social media to amplify our individual publicity efforts.

Please be sure to check Member News to see what your fellow creative women have been up to, and read more about new Letters member, Cathy Horn, in this month’s member Spotlight.

~ ~ Sarah and Leigh


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