Poetry-in-the Schools Needs YOU!

The delight of helping students find their inner voices through poetry cannot be replicated. In times where testing, testing, testing, in the public schools takes a priority–and where creative teaching is subverted to fit into the boxes of the testing mode throughout the year, poetry often falls by the wayside. This retired teacher joined the…

Poetry Project Bridges Generation Gap

Who Would Have Thought? By Sarah Byrn Rickman, author /journalist, Pen Woman Fourth-graders and senior citizens working together to create poetry! That was the inspiring story that two dynamic members of the Des Moines Branch of NLAPW brought to life. Des Moines Branch President Laura Walth grasped the incentive from a curriculum titled “Poetry in…

Why Enter a Writing Contest?

Don’t Let Writer’s Fear Be An Insurmountable Obstacle to You! “But I’m not good enough, yet.” “I’m just not ready!” I often get responses like these when I encourage a beginner (or not so beginner) writer to enter our Flash Fiction Contest. It is almost always the fearful, “Maybe I’m not a good enough writer…

Word Sculptures: a Flash Fiction Contest

Writing a story is like an artist creating a fine sculpture. One has a lump of raw material to start with, the basic tools, and from there on it’s all a matter of shaping it, chipping away the parts that aren’t necessary, re-forming it, smoothing it and finally, when its almost done, giving it that…

Owl Award: Virginia Franklin Campbell

Each month Pikes Peak Pen Women presents the Owl Award to an outstanding member in recognition of her service to the branch. The recipient keeps and wears the award for a month, then she passes it to another member. A small token of peer appreciation, the Owl Award represents the mutual respect, admiration and praise…