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.

Tarrytown Lakes Park by GPW Diane Morello
Evening Sunset by GPW Deb Weir


Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And the days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We'll drink a cup of kindness yet
For the sake of auld lang syne


Note from our President:

Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and by the time you've read this letter, the light will be returning. Every festival we celebrate at this time of year centers on the light.

Speaking of light, brings me to light-hearted. The funniest article from the New Yorker arrived in my inbox yesterday entitled: What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Publish Your First Book by Bryn Durgin and Navied Mahdavian. Here's an excerpt:

“There’s a whole announcement that’s got to go out. Everybody is, like, “Who isn’t writing a book these days? Everybody’s writing a book! I guess we’re just at that age now.”

You gain somewhere between twenty-five and thirty-five pounds. You experience mood swings and start wearing sweats while not exercising. Your hair begins to fall out. Actually, you’re pulling it out. You lose sleep. Your manuscript is suddenly overdue.

There’s a lot of screaming and crying.

You share your book with the world and no one cares except for your own mother.”

Read it, it's a scream.

Our holiday luncheon at the Field Club elicited praise for our speaker, Maggie Dimock, curator, Greenwich Historical Society, and her subject: the correspondence of the Cos Cob Art Colony. LEE PAINE WON THE OWL AWARD! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I think we all enjoyed meeting and speaking with each other in person. I heard a number of positive compliments following the luncheon. Following that event, Linda Hortick hosted a delightful fun and games and feast following the Letters Critique at her lovely home. A great sendoff for the holidays! Thank you Linda! Lastly, we wish a fond farewell to Ginger Heller who will be moving to California to be with family. And a holiday shout out to Joyce French in her new digs in Beverly, MA.

Record of Achievement

Doris Mady won 1st Place, in oils at the New Rochelle's Art Association, Adolph Grant award for her painting: Pedernal Vista.

Upcoming Events

  • January 4, Wednesday — Poetry Meeting, 2 pm to 4 pm via Zoom
  • January 13, Friday — Letters Critique, 10:30 am to 1 pm
  • January 23, Monday – Board Meeting, 4 to 7 pm (Greenwich Library)
  • February 6, Monday – Mask of Dreams Book Talk by Leigh Grant, 7 to 8 pm (Perrot Library)

I hope the holidays were merry for all!!! Write, paint, make music! Happy 2023!


Lee Paine

GPW President Leigh Grant

Spotlight on Jessica Adams, Letters

Jessica Adams is delighted to be included as a Letters member of the Greenwich Pen Women.

Jessica was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from Barnard College with an Economics degree in 1999. Since then, she has worked in Finance, with a focus on fixed income investing.  

In the past decade, Jessica has sought out creative writing classes and conferences. She writes fiction within the fantasy and folk horror genres. Some of her work is influenced by growing up in Hawaii, where folk tales and ghost stories were predominantly from the Asia Pacific region. Jessica began studying Mandarin Chinese at 12. She continues to be interested in the language and culture, which has influenced her work.  

Jessica enjoys writing about the interaction of various cultures, sometimes resulting in cultures of her own creation. She is fascinated by pre-industrial life, such as cheese making, extracting salt from ocean water, and early farming practices.  

An example of a current project is “Sea Monsters.” The protagonist is the sole survivor of an attack on his fishing vessel by a sea monster. He lives in a pre-industrial village in Northern Europe, where the inhabitants worship a sea god. The world he lives in is dominated by monsters of the deep.

Jessica lives in Darien with her husband and two children. She is excited to learn from the talented members of Greenwich Pen Women and looks forward to getting to know them in the new year.


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