Check Out the Winners
Thursday, July 15, 2010
By Christina Laurie
For over 40 years I have been a member of the National League of American Pen Women, a 501.c.3 organization of professional women who are artists, writers and musicians. It has been a way of connecting with all three creative venues with all the positive helps and supports.
I have made friends, learned about writing, editing and selling in all the arts. It has been a supportive and encouraging group for me, both locally and nationally.
Locally we have a Cape Cod Branch, of which both Linda Williams and I are members. Our national headquarters is in the Dupont Circle area (four blocks from the White House) of Washington, DC, in the former redstone, four-storied residence of Todd Lincoln, Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln’s son. I presently serve as one of the national vice presidents as well as a past president of the Cape Cod Branch.
To be a member, a woman must have published or exhibited her work fulfilled the other requirements of membership. Our web site is www.AmericanPenWomen.org and lists contests, news, obituaries, and creative news.
On the even years, the NLAPW holds a Biennial, every other time in the DC area. This year, 2010, it was held in Little Rock. Arkansas. At each biennial we hole national contests fdor books, plays, arat, music, poetry, essays and short stories, 14 categories in all. This year our first place winners have been videoed and placed on UTube. I invite you to see the talented women who are members of this esteemed group. The address for our site on UTube is: http://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=Yp7Lrg-brMO.
Watch for my prize winning poem “Winter Night” accompanied by first prize winners in the music category. It’s an incredible 10-minute video.