49th Biennial: Schedule of Events




Brigadier General Clara Adams-Ender

-Author and retired U.S. Army officer
and former chief, Army Nurse Corps –

Keynote Speaker
Letters Luncheon

Brig. Gen. Adams-Ender will also moderate the panel Swimming Upstream: How the Arts Can Promote Mental Health.




Jeff Fleming

-Director, Des Moines Art Center –

Keynote Speaker
Art Luncheon

Mr. Fleming will share how the Des Moines Art Center — a leader in connecting the art of our time with diverse communities — is changing lives and affecting the quality of life in Central Iowa.



Special Events


Music Awards & Concert with Tea Reception

At Historic Hoyt Sherman Place




Vinnie Ream Banquet

Plus Vinnie Ream Medal Awards
& one-character drama,
“Regina’s Letters”




NEW!  Branch & MAL Development

Individual Sessions for
Branch Presidents, Secretaries & Treasurers,
Membership & Outreach,
and Members at Large (MAL)


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Special Guests


Mary Swander

-Author, Distinguished Professor,
Iowa’s Poet Laureate –

Saturday Workshop
How to Write a Scene in Any Genre





Kimberlee & Frank Spillers

-Global Horizons, LLC-

Saturday Workshop
Relationships Create Who You Are!



Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 19

8:30-10:15 a.m.  Opening Ceremony; surprise guest;
awarding of the first Prestigious Pen Woman Award
10:30-11:45 a.m. Swimming Upstream: How the Arts
Can Promote Mental Health
Panel Moderator: Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender
12-1:30 p.m. Letters Luncheon
Overcoming Obstacles on the Way to Success
Keynote Speaker Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender
1:45-2:45 p.m. Six Stages from a Career to a Calling
Candace L. Long, 2014-’16 President
1:45-2:45 p.m. The Power of Letter Writing One Letter at a
Time | Dorothy Atkins
1:45-2:45 p.m. The Line Between Pop Song Writing and
Classical Composition | Nancy Bloomer Deussen
3-4 p.m. Using Fiction Techniques to Bring Your Nonfiction
to Life | Joyce K. Ellis
3-4 p.m. Encaustics (hot wax painting) Demonstration
Bev Goldie
4:15-5:15 p.m. Step into your Full Creativity as you
Overcome Self-Doubt | Gail Speckmann
4:15-5:15 p.m. Beginning Genealogy: How to Get Started
the Right Way |  Sheila M. Byrnes
4:15-5:30 p.m. Publicity 101: PR Nuts and Bolts for
Branches | Rodika Tollefson & Kathleen Powers-Vermaelen
6-7 p.m. Cash Bar
7-8 p.m. Vinnie Ream Banquet and Awards
8:30-9 p.m. Drama Presentation: Regina’s Letters

Friday, April 20

8:30-11:30 a.m. NLAPW, Inc. Business Meeting
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Shop Pen Women Treasures
Lunch on your own
1:30-3:30 p.m. Hoyt Sherman Music Awards and Concert
with Tea Reception
4-5 p.m. Shop at Pen Women Treasures; Explore Des Moines. Dinner on your own
5:30-6:30 p.m. Des Moines Social Club Gallery Talk and
Biennial Art Competition Opening
(open to the public until 8:45 p.m.)

Saturday, April 21

8:30-10:30 a.m. Relationships Create Who You Are!
Frank and Kimberlee Spillers, Global Horizons, LLC
10:45-11:45 a.m. Members-at-Large (MAL) Workshop
10:45-11:45 a.m. Membership and Outreach Panel
Moderator: Bev Goldie
10:45-11:45 a.m. Secretaries and Treasurers Workshop
Dr. Evelyn Wofford
10:45-11:45 a.m. Branch Presidents Panel
Moderator: Nancy Godbout Jurka
12-1:30 p.m. Art Luncheon 
How the Des Moines Art Center Connects Art of Our
Time to Diverse Communities
Keynote Speaker Jeff Fleming
1:45-2:45 p.m. How to Write a Scene in Any Genre
Mary Swander, Iowa Poet Laureate
1:45-2:45 p.m. Let’s Zentangle Together | Rosie Eylens
1:45-2:45 p.m. Calling all Pen Composers: a Workshop to Help End Writer’s Block | Sunny Zank
3-4 p.m. What It Means to be a Poet Laureate
Mary Swander & Readings by the Winners of the Biennial
Letters’ Competition
3-4 p.m. Shop Pen Women Treasures
4:15-5:15 p.m. Legal Issues in World Building: Using Facts in Fiction or Nonfiction | Brenda Speer
4:15-5:15 p.m. Spiritual Adventures Through Mosaic Art
Dana K. Leahy
4:15-5:15 p.m. All Pen Women Treasures must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. Dinner on your own.
6:15 p.m. Deadline for the photo contest and silent auction
6:30-6:50 p.m. Lyra Performance | Dana Smith
7-7:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
President Virginia Franklin Campbell
7:30-8 p.m. Installation of Incoming NLAPW, Inc. Officers
8-9 p.m. Dessert Reception
9-10:30 p.m. 2018-2020 Board of Directors Meeting

Sunday, April 22

9-10 a.m. Memorial Tribute | Presented by Rev. Robin Moscati
10-10:30 a.m. Introduction of New Members
National Membership Chair Bev Goldie

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