2020 Biennial News


Biennial Rescheduled for June 26-28

50th-logoDue to the coronavirus and the restrictions on travel, the NLAPW 50th Biennial was postponed. The new dates are June 26-28. The 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.

Three full days of events are planned, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 26, and ending at 7 p.m., Sunday, June 28. On-site registration will be Thursday, June 25, 5-7 p.m. and Friday, June 26, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Once again, a group room-rate of $178 plus tax has been negotiated for our event — a bargain for the D.C. area. If you are interested in extending your time in D.C., The Darcy has agreed to extend our group room-rate to three days prior to and three days after the Biennial, as long as space is available.

Guests can call 202-232-7000 and reference the NLAPW room block to secure the group rate or online, use the link bit.ly/Biennial2020DC to reserve rooms (Note: This link will redirect you to The Darcy’s website).

You need to make new room reservations at The Darcy before Monday, May 25. When the April contract was canceled, all guest-room reservations were canceled as well.

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 later this year.

Dr. Barbara Wolanin is the guest speaker for the Art Luncheon. Wolanin served as curator for the architect of the Capitol for 30 years, managing conservation of murals 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. Following the reception, the 2020 Biennial Art Winners Exhibition will open in the Pen Arts Gallery. Once again, Sandy Huff will sponsor a biennial photo contest.

Come to D. C. and celebrate our 50th Biennial and 123 years of the National League of American Pen Woman, Inc. Before or after our Biennial, visit D.C.’s historic buildings, museums, sculptures, art galleries, zoo, and award-winning restaurants.

On the opposite page, you will find a Biennial registration form. If you registered previously, your registration and fee will roll over. You do not need to register again.

Check this page regularly for updates and other new information about the Biennial.

Download the proposed schedule–updated April 18, 2020

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.

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.