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Locked Down, Locked In: Women Writers Committee

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Locked Down, Locked In

The PEN International Women Writers Committee (PIWCC) is hosting its first virtual meeting in 2020, Locked Down, Locked In. We will run the regular business of this committee of PEN International as well as focusing on the specific concerns raised for women by this once-in-a-century pandemic that has us physically dislocated but in unprecedented need of connection. From the VIDA count, to advocacy, to our first global poetry reading – please join with us as we meet together from across the world.

-Zoë Rodriguez, Chair, PEN International Women Writers Committee

Register today! There is no cost and no limit to how many people can register.

Registration deadline – August 10 2020.

General information about registration and links for registration below:

WWC Annual Meeting Online this year


22 and 23 August 2020

PEN International Women Writers Committee is organising an online meeting on women writers’ response to the COVID-19 challenge. In two sessions, we will focus on exchange of views and ideas on the way forward, with a focus on collaborative approaches.

Provisional Agenda

Day I (3 hours)

Empty Chair

VIDA count: presentation of the project

Centres updates

Day II (4 hours)

Empty Chair

WW Case List: cases presentation and following discussion

Panel discussion on the COVID-19 response and woman writer’s situation

Literary Reading (*please, register separately)

Practical information

The sessions will be held online as a closed, invitation-only meeting. Further details and technical information will be communicated to confirmed participants closer to the meeting.

The sessions will be recorded by the Secretariat for reporting purposes only and will not be broadcast or published later. The Literary Reading recordings can be used for promotional purposes.

The consultation is organised under the Chatham House Rule, and participants are not allowed to record.

The sessions will be held in English only. Unfortunately, no interpretation can be provided.

We apologise for this inconvenience.


Please, register yourself for the Meeting and Literary readings separately. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting within the next 48 hours.

Please note that “Job title” means your position in your PEN Center.

You are invited to: WWC Annual Meeting LOCKED-DOWN, LOCKED-IN 2020 Zoom meeting.

When: Aug 22, 2020 01:00 PM (UTC+01:00)

Aug 23, 2020 01:00 PM (UTC+01:00)

Register in advance for this meeting:

LOCKED-DOWN, LOCKED-IN PEN International WWC Literary Reading Zoom meeting.

(please, find all the details in the attachment IPWWC PEN Locked Down Locked In Open Microphone)

When: Aug 23, 2020 02:30 PM London

Register in advance for this meeting:

Please, don’t hesitate to ask us any question you have and register today!

With our best wishes,

Women Writers Committee / Comité des femmes écrivains / Comité de mujeres escritoras / PEN Inernational