October 7
Congratulations to Pam Webb and Ginny Beeby, who both won awards at the Pelican Island Bird and 
Nature Art Show at the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach. Pam took third place for watercolors for “Florida Scrub Jay", and Ginny received second place in oil for “Serene Sands.” For a bit more about the art show, click HERE.

October 1
The Cape Canaveral Pen Women Library Exhibit 
is up and running at the Melbourne Library, 540 E. Fee Street. The exhibit will stand until October 30.

Good News!

September 12, 2022

 Congratulations to Barbara Castle Hanson ( whose poem “The Step” will be featured on the NLAPW website starting November 2!  We love to see members of the Cape Canaveral Branch recognized by the national organization.

                                                                The Step

She emerges 
from the rehab center 
like a wounded bird
let loose into the sky 
after being
nursed back to health. 

Hesitant, unsure, 
wary, anxious 
heart beating erratically, 
Met by the sunlight. 
she shields her eyes, 
lowers her gaze 
to the terrain below. 

She straightens her back, 
takes a deep breath 
steps forward 
into her new life of 


Good News!

August 30, 2022

Multiple congratulations for Karen Whiting ( who won SIX Golden Scroll awards at the recent Advanced Writers and Speakers Association banquet in Lexington, Kentucky. ASWA is an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries and consists of nearly 800 top women authors who both publish and speak nationally. This is the fourteenth year ASWA has presented Golden Scroll awards, which are open to all ASWA members. In the photo, Karen is standing next to Linda Evans Shepherd, founder of AWSA.

Karen’s awards are as follows:

Christian Education Book of the Year:  52 Weekly Devotions for Family Prayer

Bible Study Book of the Year: Growing a Mother’s Heart Bible Study

Christian Educational Book of the Year (second place): The Super-Sized Book of Bible Craft Gifts

Inspirational Gift Book of the Year (second place): Growing a Mother’s Heart: Devotions of              Faith, Hope, and Love from Mothers

Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year (third place): 60 Devos for Brave Boys

Christian Marketplace Award, Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year (honorable mention): 60 Devos for Boys


Good News July 27, 2022

Congratulations to Anne Bonner  for winning Third Prize in the 29th annual Dancing Poetry Contest with her poem “Life is Good.”

Anne has been invited to read her work via Zoom to participate in a video of all the Dancing Poetry Festival winners which will be available on YouTube after September 24, 2022. This nonprofit volunteer arts organization was founded in 1951 to help serve the purpose of peace through the arts. Hearing and seeing the winnings works at the Festival create outreach for current poetic thought, information and examples of poetry and dance as a unified art form.

You can enjoy seeing the winning poets of the 2021 Festival read their work by clicking on

Good News June 11, 2022

Congratulations to Donna Puglisi on the publication of her new book, Scary Fairy’s Tales. It will be available on Amazon around June 21. 

The Hometown News ran a great article about our 2022 Scholarship winner Colleen Jordan in the June 6 edition. To see the full article, click HERE.


Pen Women in the News — Hometown News May 19, 2022
(to see the complete article, click on the photo below)


April 25, 2022

Congratularions to Holly Schwartztol, who is featured in the April edition of the South Florida Writers Associaltion Showcase Series. To view this virtual experience, in which Holly discusses her book, Coming Around Again, click here:


Hollyʻs other works include Along My Garden Path: Poems on the Rhythms of LifeWhat We TellSherry and the Unseen World.

April 11

Acknowledging poetry month, Kathryn Flanagan (Letters) ( this from the Sunday New York Times, April 3, 2022:

“Create a poem from a print newspaper,” article by Natalie Proulx

A Golden Shovel Poem:  Find a headline in the newspaper. Then write a poem in which each line ends with a word from the headline.

A Found Poem: “The hardest part about writing a poem is choosing the right words,” writes Leah. Try a found poem where you cut and paste words from the newspaper into a poem.

A Cento poem:  Cento is a Latin word, meaning “patchwork.” In this type of poetry, you’ll patch together lines from articles, headlines, quotes or even photo captions to create a poem of your own.

An Erasure Poem:  Also known as a blackout poem. Find an article in your newspaper. Then eliminate all the words around a poem you’ve found within the text. You can use marker, Wite-Out, or even glitter


If you missed the obituary for Ima Jean Pastula, PhD (Art and Letters) in Florida Today:

Ima wrote the final chapter in the story of her full and extraordinary mortal life April 2nd, 2022. Born February 28th, 1934 in Brilliant, Alabama, Ima enjoyed a full life of family, travel, and artistic talent. She became an accomplished artist in the style of the Old Masters, a technique she perfected while traveling extensively in Europe as a military spouse. Upon retiring and moving to Viera, Florida in 1996, she continued her artistic work but also pursued another passion, writing. She created many books and short stories as a member of both the Space Coast Writers Group and the Cape Canaveral Pen Women, where she held offices of President, Vice President, and Secretary.

She will be remembered for her considerable talents and creativity, but mostly her imagination, mischievous sense of humor and her love of family. Preceded in death by her husband Joseph, Ima will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery to join him in eternal rest. This will be at a later date, to be determined. Ima leaves behind two sons; John (Lynn) Pastula of Melbourne, FL, Jody (Melinda) Pastula of Peoria, AZ, grandchildren; Tara (Jason) Downs of Melbourne, Fl, Jonathan Pastula of Melbourne, FL, Erin Pastula of Phoenix, AZ, Sarah (Nick) Grams of Phoenix, AZ, and great-grandchildren; Dylan, Cora, and Hannah, all of Melbourne, FL

In lieu of flowers or gifts, it is requested that donations be made in honor of Ima to the scholarship fund of the Cape Canaveral Pen Women, c/o Pam Webb, PO Box 372129, Satellite Beach, FL 32937. A special thanks to the staff of the Dr, Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care in Rockledge, FL for making Ima’s last days comfortable and peaceful. Condolences at


March 28, 2022



The Fundraiser at One Senior Place was a great success…We added over $1300 to our scholarship fund! Thanks to all those Members and Friends who helped make this a fun and profitable event. 

To see more photos, click






Letters member and long-distance co-president Kathryn Flanagan ( announces the publication of a new anthology, From the Cauldron, co-authored with Janet Corso and M. McCarthy.




The Brevard Scribblers Writing Competition 2022 for Short Stories and Poetry is open for submissions. Entries must be received by May 31st, 2022. Prize money for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries in each category. $5 entry fee for Scribbler members and $8 for others. To see guidelines, click HERE.



Friend Holly Schwartztol ( (invites us to join her memoir writing class:

"Anyone could write your biography, but only you can write your memoirs." -- Pat Rizer, memoir student.

For over two years, I've been teaching memoir writing. This is a remarkable legacy you leave for your family. It's also a way for you to develop an understanding of how you came to be the you you are today. It may sound daunting to undertake such an endeavor, but the way I teach is to offer a prompt each week, starting with early childhood and working up to the present.

The classes consist of 6 - 8 people who meet for about an hour and a quarter weekly on zoom and share their writing. Hearing what others share will help tweak your memory and inspire you to write.

Often I give a short additional prompt to write in class. At the conclusion of each meeting, I share a brief meditation. I sometimes send writing advice such as grammar usage and overused phrases, etc. However, I don't grade the writing in any way. 

The original class was time limited. However, many students prefer to keep writing, so the next one will be ongoing.  The only requirements are a commitment to attend on a weekly basis and papers sent to me the night before class so I can disseminate them to the rest of the class. Naturally, if you are traveling or ill, you can miss a session. There is no fee for the class.

I will be starting a brand new class on Monday, April 18 at 11 a.m. Please let me know ASAP or no later than March 30th if you wish to join the class.

Here are some more quotes from my students:

"Writing memoir is a very cathartic experience...after 65 years the experience bag has burst like a pinata with stories flying everywhere." -- William Bader

"Listening to others share and to see both similar and not so similar experiences to mine has been both comforting and informative....most of all memoir class is fun!" -- Noel Weinstock

Enrollment will be on a first come, first serve basis.


March 14, 2022

Letters Member and Branch President Donna Puglisi happily announced that her latest book, Christmas Poems by the Fireplace, became available on Amazon on March 15th, in paperback and Kindle formats.


February 28, 2022

Letters Member Barbara Castle Hanson’s poem titled NLAPW is featured in the blog on the National website. To read the poem, click HERE.

Allied Professional Art Member Pam Farley presented a captivating                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jewelry workshop at One Senior Place Thursday February 25. Pam explained the significance of various gems and guided participants to make a gemstone necklace. This popular workshop was filled long before the deadline! Click HERE to see photos.

Friend Dawn Addy has three pieces included in the The Aquarium Artwalk, which runs March 5 to March 31. Dawn’s works to be exhibited are: Glorious Reef, at the South Beach Community Center; Living Reef I at the Merritt Island Public Library, and Living Reef II, at the Melbourne Beach Library. 

The Aquarium ArtWalk , which benefits The Aquarium Project, is a county-wide exhibit displaying aquarium-themed pieces of art by local artists in venues throughout Brevard County. For more info:

Letters Member 
Cheryl Bartoszek will be signing her book Bimini Rocks at the Cocoa Village Book Fest, a family-friendly event  taking place 10 AM to 3 PM Saturday March 26 . The Book Fest is presented by Space Coast Writers Guild, Main Street, and Hello Again Books. Cheryl’s appearance is sponsored by Momofuku Studio, located upstairs in the brick building just north of the Gazebo. (momofuku means sweet peach in Korean)


February 14, 2022 

Our Branch Library Exhibit is on display at the Cape Canaveral Library for the month of February. Stop by when you’re in the area to see the exhibit and enjoy this beautiful library! Thanks to Karen, Susana, and Debby for helping set it up.

Friend Joanne Fisher, President of the South Coast Writers Guild, reminds us that the annual Short Story Contest is open. Deadline for submissions is midnight March 1, 2022. To see the guidelines, click HERE.

Letters Member Karen Whiting is featured in an interview in the February issue of Senior Life. See the full interview HERE.

…..Karen’s 31st book came out in January: 12 Lesson Study Guide: The Book of Philippians, Heaven’s Joy

Friend Susana Balaguero had three art pieces displayed in the annual Central Brevard Art Association exhibition at the Cape Canaveral Library February 10 -12.

Friend Ginny Beeby and Art Member Pam Webb  are pictured in a story about the month-long Indian River Bird and Nature Art Show that took place last October at the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach.  Congratulations to Pam, who placed second in the Watercolor category! To see the full article, click HERE.


January 31, 2022

Karen Whiting – “My publisher surprised me on the day I was speaking at the Children’s Pastors Conference. They placed my recent release Devos for Brave Boys on the seats of half the attendees (and a girls’ book a friend wrote on the other half of the seats). So they gave away 1100 copies to children’s ministry leaders to promote the book.

My new book (I was the ghost writer) is out: TPT The Book of Philippians: 12-Lesson Study Guide”


January 17, 2022

Barbara Hanson – has three poems in the Brevard Scribblers anthology, Written in the Sun.

Kay Williamson – quoted in the Music column in Winter 2022 The Pen Woman (page 15); one story in SCWG anthology Mischief, and another in Written in the Sun.

Joanne Fisher - has two Short Stories in Mischief and two poems in Reflections. 

All anthologies are available on!

Karen Morris – our state president unveils the Florida State Association website upgrade. Check it out here:

Donna Puglisi – First Snowfall poem featured in National NLAPW blog

Deb Wyche – shared her talent at a post-luncheon Collage workshop January 22. See more photos at:


Patricia Lane  is our newest Letters member! Welcome, Patricia!

JoAnna O’Keefe Presented an engaging and inspirational poetry reading/talk  at One Senior Place on January 14. 


Holly Schwartztol - had her Help on Wheels piece published in the NY Times Metropolitan Diary, January 16.


January 3
Anne Bonner, Ima Pastula, and Pam Webb all  have stories in the Space Coast Writers Guild (SCWG) Anthology, Pets   

Kathryn Flanagan writes from California that she has a story in the SCWG Anthology, Mischief, AND a poem in the SCWG Poetry Anthology, Reflections.

To View Pen Women in Action 2021, click HERE