A PEN In The Community (PITC) writing residency is a generative writing workshop that takes place in a classroom, community center, nonprofit organization, shelter, or reservation. Written work collected during the residency is published by PEN Center USA in PITC anthologies, which are windows into participant’s lives—their struggles, hopes, and experiences. PITC instructors are selected from PEN Center USA’s diverse membership to best match the needs of the community where they will teach. An interested writer may also apply to become a PITC instructor and subsequently become a PEN Center USA member. All PITC instructors must also be PEN Center USA members.
Participant work is collected by the PITC instructor at the end of the residency and published by PEN Center USA in an anthology. The anthology is presented and a public reading, where copies are distributed to the participants and their friends and family.