Monthly Luncheons & Other Pen Women Events

The Pikes Peak Branch of NLAPW hosts monthly luncheons (September – May), featuring special guests and local experts on topics pertaining to writing and the creative arts. All luncheons are held from 11:00am to 1:30 pm on the second Saturday of the month, with start times and venue details provided with registration. To receive timely updates on PP Pen Women events and speakers, subscribe to our E-Blast News Letter at It is posted two weeks before our events.

NOTE: During summer months there are no programs for the Pikes Peak Branch. Our new calendar of events will be posted August 1st for the Fall of that year.

Payments for all Pen Women events can be made at the door, or on line. But if you plan to pay at the door, please RSVP by Wednesday before the event at this email address: , to be sure you have a seat reserved at the table.

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Events Schedule for 2018/2019


January 12th, 2019

Encore Horns: Giving Wind Instruments a New Life for Young Musicians

Program speaker: Verne D. Campbell, Author & Col. with United States Army, Retired

AND PEN Women Writers Group, Sarah Rickman, following main speaker

Venue: MacKenzie Place

*MacKenzie Place is located south of Fillmore between Union and Templeton Gap, in Colorado Springs. The address is 1605 Elm Creek View. Entrance is from Melissa Drive that runs east from Templeton Gap.

February 9, 2019

Sonic Meditations

Program speaker and performer: Dr. Jane Rigler, PhD, Associate Professor/Music Program Director for the Department of Visual & Performing Arts, UCCS, Colorado Springs, CO.

Venue: MacKenzie Place

To learn more about Dr. Rigler go here:

March 2nd, 2019–

This is a full-day workshop: 9:30-4:30

The Art of Expressing Gratitude: A Day-long Workshop
Workshop Presenters: Frank and Kimberlee Spillers, Des Moines, IA/ Consultants, Educators, Authors: To learn more about the Spillers go to their website at

Cost: $49.00 (Includes a buffet luncheon, drinks & dessert)

Venue: To be announced.


April 13, 2019

The Arts & Their Role in Recovering From Mental Illness

Speaker: Tara Sevanne Thomas:

Tara Sevanne Thomas currently serves as the Director of Education at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

Tara received her M.A.T. from Colorado College and her B.A. in Fine Arts with highest distinction from the University of Colorado. She began her career in art education as an honorary professor of Fine Arts at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs prior to graduating. She continued her desire of sharing her experience in art by teaching children and adults at Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center prior to becoming Director.

Bemis School of Art was awarded the 2011 Arts Opportunities Award presented by the Pikes Peak Arts Council and Tara received the 2011 A.B.E. Distinguished Administrator Award at the A.B.E. awards luncheon. She also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Warrior Transition Battalion in Fort Carson for her support and work with veterans and active duty military. Most recently Tara was awarded the Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence award.

Tara has created strong partnerships with Aspen Pointe (Military artistic Healing, Ashes to Memories, Expressive Arts for Young Healing hearts), UCCS, La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, the local school districts and many more.

Secondary Speaker: Pen Woman Member: Diana Alishouse, author/Depression Visible: The Ragged Edge. Learn more about Diana at

Venue: The historic Penrose House in the Milton Proby Room, located at 1661 Mesa Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. You can get good instructions to this location with your GPS. Or go to their website and get instructions there, too.

May 11th, 2019

PEN Women Field Trip to Westcliffe, CO

Hosted by our Westcliffe Members

Speakers: Travel Journalist/Poet/Writer: Lynda LaRocca will be speaking about her journey as a travel journalist and poet.

A freelance writer and editor, La Rocca has also worked as a municipal and general-assignment reporter for the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, a copy editor, and a teaching assistant at the Timberline campus of Colorado Mountain College in Leadville.

Her poetry has appeared in numerous regional, state, and national poetry-society anthologies, along with such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Quarterly, Frogpond (Haiku Society of America), U.S. Catholic, Colorado Life Magazine, and Children’s Playmate.

La Rocca’s poetry chapbooks include The Stillness Between (2009, Pudding House Publications, Ohio) and Spiral (2012, Liquid Light Press, Colorado).

Since 2004, she has been a member of the River City Nomads, a performance-poetry troupe based in Salida, Colorado. La Rocca and her husband, writer-photographer Steve Voynick, live in Salida with their dog Luz.

Speaker #2: 1912121_696049617119306_1071880522_oCheryl Swartz will give us a guided tour of her Westcliffe art gallery and speak to us about her artistic journey making custom jewelry. To learn more about Cheryl and her jewelry go to:

Added program descriptions appear on our Facebook page, and are updated via email. Venue details are provided with registration and seating may be limited. Please reserve your spot no later than noon on the Wednesday before the Saturday luncheon.



June 8th, 2019

PEN Women Program Planning Meeting & Luncheon (Members only)

Hosted by our former National President, Mrs. Virginia Franklin Campbell

Venue: Virginia’s home: 11:00am–3:00pm (See PPPen Women News letter for details)


Annual Flash Fiction Contest

The Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of American Pen Women Inc. sponsors an annual Flash Fiction Contest. This national competition challenges authors to “tell a story” using only five hundred words and draws creative submissions from around the world. Check out our Flash Fiction tab for more information about this year’s contest.

Pen Women Writer’s Group

This group meets the first Tuesday of every month: Feb. 5, March 5, April 2, May 7 (*For summer months, check back for update in June)

For more info email Sarah Rickman at :

Venue*MacKenzie Place: located south of Fillmore between Union and Templeton Gap, in Colorado Springs. The address is 1605 Elm Creek View. Entrance is from Melissa Drive that runs east from Templeton Gap. We meet in the Craft Room.