2020 Biennial News

The NLAPW 50th Biennial will be hosted at The Darcy hotel, 1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., the home of our nation’s Capitol and the home of our historic Pen Arts Building and Pen Arts Gallery.

Celebrate our 50th Biennial and 123 years of the National League of American Pen Woman, Inc. Three full days of events are planned for the 2020 Biennial, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 24, and ending at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Registration will be Thursday, April 23, 5-7 p.m. and Friday, April 24, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

A group room-rate of $178 plus tax has been negotiated for our event — a bargain for the D.C. area. Guests can call 202-232-7000 and reference the NLAPW code 121WPEN2020 to secure the group rate or go to bit.ly/2020BiennialDC to reserve rooms. (Note: This will redirect you to the hotel page; the link has been updated to include a Sunday night stay.)

We have great speakers lined up. The Vinnie Ream guest speaker will be Ann Friedman. She is the founder and chair of Planet Word, a new interactive museum of words and language in Washington, D.C., opening in May 2020.

Dr. Barbara Wolanin is the guest speaker for the Art Luncheon. Wolanin served as curator for the architect of the U.S. Capitol and mural conservation in the U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress.

Karen Pastorello, national award-winning author and historian on women’s rights and suffrage, is the keynote speaker for the Letters Luncheon. Author, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker Mary Pat Kelly will teach a historical workshop Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, the music awards and concert with a tea reception, co-hosted by the Central New York and D.C. branches, will take place at Pen Arts, three blocks from The Darcy. Following the reception, the Biennial art exhibition will be featured in the new Pen Arts Gallery. Once again, Sandy Huff will sponsor a biennial photo contest.

We look forward to seeing you in April 2020 in D.C. as we celebrate our 50th Biennial!

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Calling All Shutterbugs!

Have some fun during the 2020 Washington, D.C.. Biennial. Sandy Huff, Tampa Branch, once again is sponsoring a Biennial photo contest.

From the moment you set foot on D.C. soil until Saturday evening, take as many digital photos of our nation’s capital as you want. Choose your best two photos to enter in the contest.

There will be SD card readers and some common cables available to help you with uploading at The Darcy on the second floor.

Deadline will be 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Winners will be announced Sunday morning.

All entries give NLAPW permission to publish your photos in League-related publications and publicity materials, including the website.

The three winning photographers will receive a cash award: $25 for first prize, $15 for second, and $10 for third.