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Pen Parentis Literary Salons
Our salons are free and open to the public.

Pen Parentis is a 501c3 nonprofit run entirely by volunteers. We help writers stay on creative track after they start a family. We offer an annual Writing Fellowship, monthly Literary Salons, and a Cycle of Support which has proven successful in keeping writer-parents accountable to their goals.

We pivoted really fast when Covid hit and we never had a chance to write down how everything works. We didn't miss a day of programming - but now we need some help!

Your job: to create beautiful operations manuals that document the HOW TO's of our organization.

Programs (Salons, Fellowship, Cycle of Support).

You'll get to learn it all by Q&A with the people in charge. You'll have weekly calls with the Executive Director to help us identify the holes in our systems, help us fix them (according to your current skills, and maybe develop new ones!), and then you'll create documents that codify our activities and that we will use to write grants, collaborate with other nonprofits and to train staff in the future.

This is an opportunity for someone who has an orderly mind, who LOVES to organize, who doesn't mind paperwork, and who likes to create attractive reports! We will start you off with a couple of simple admin tasks in Google Docs to assess your abilities and work ethic, and once we know each other a little better, we will move right on to the big stuff.

You can be experienced in nonprofit management and help advise us, or you can be a novice and learn on the job - we will appreciate your help either way!

Your hours will make our amazing organization sustainable far in to the future.

Want your skills to truly matter? Send your resume to us! We need you.

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Mission Statement

Pen Parentis provides critical resources to writers to help them stay on creative track after they start a family. Becoming a parent does not ruin a writer's career! Pen Parentis is a federally recognized 501c3 nonprofit literary organization. We run a series of celebrated literary salons, an annual Writing Fellowship for New Parents, and many online and in-person networking and career-supportive events for writers who are also parents. We are honored to partner with many established businesses and nonprofits including Downtown Alliance, Andaz Hotels, various bookstores, The Church Street School for Music and Art in NYC, Mutha Magazine, Mom Egg Review, Paragraph Writing Space, 92Y, Asian American Arts Alliance, the Concert Artist Guild, Literary Manhattan, and many others. copy this link to see salons mission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_0egGMafNY


The arts world stigmatizes creatives who have opted to start a family. Pen Parentis, Ltd, provides critical resources to authors who balance a creative career with parenting, inspiring them to stay on creative track. Founder M. M. De Voe serves as executive director. Our Salons Curator, Christina Chiu, won the 2015 Wai Look Award celebrating diversity. We are an all-volunteer organization. We work for our passion for literature.

Our Literary Salons feature exemplary creative work by writing parents and break stereotypes associated with parenthood. This long running program is featured in the New Yorker, New York Times and TimeOut NY. We also offer an annual $1000 Writing Fellowship for New Parents, and provide opportunity for writer-parents to build private networking communities.

History: In 2009, the Pen Parentis After Work Reading Series began as a distinctive Manhattan literary event held in a Todd English venue. In running this series with a colleague, founder M. M. De Voe discovered a grassroots need for community among writing parents. Along with Founding Board members Emily Speer Ryan and Michael Del Castillo, she incorporated Pen Parentis in 2014 as a 501c3 and and began hosting Literary Salons in glamorous Andaz Wall Street featuring such celebrated parent-authors as Victor LaValle, Jennifer Egan, and Darin Strauss. They actively seek to be inclusive, and warmly welcome writing parents who are multiracial, multi-religious, parenting solo or through adoption, grandparents, teen moms, and LGBTQ. More details at penparentis.org

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We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Executive Admin
  • Administrative Support
  • Program Management
  • Professional Development
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Resource Development / Management




  • Maximum is up to you, minimum is one call plus 2 hours/week.

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