PEN/Faulkner brings writers and readers together to foster a literate, creative society. Perhaps best known for administering two preeminent awards for fiction, it also co-sponsors the Eudora Welty Lecture on a writer's beginnings, hosts a reading series that brings world-class authors to the District, and coordinates Writers in Schools (WinS), a free literary arts outreach program that brings nationally recognized authors into DC schools and provides 5,000 free copies of their books to 3,000 students a year. Author visits to youth in detention facilities in DC and Maryland and a book club for pregnant and parenting teens encourage a love of literature in those who have little access to enrichment programs. Author visits are personal encounters between living writers and young people who express astonishment that a “famous” writer has taken them seriously – and inspired in them a desire to write. You can inspire them, too.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 1
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)
Population(s) Served: Students
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Awards & Recognition
- Eat, Pray, Love -- and Talk to Fans
Mon Mar 30 2009
On March 27, 2009, PEN/Faulkner hosted a joint reading with the National Cathedral entitled "Divine Sanity: Thoughts on Creative Life," with international bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert. Both the talk, and audience reactions, were incredibly moving.
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