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Writing Food and Identity

with Lesley Téllez

Friday, September 10, 2021

2:00 - 4:00pm EDT

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How does food inform our identities and those of the characters we create -- or report on -- in our writing? In this session we'll explore the ways we can successfully weave food into our writing, and why it's important, both from a storytelling and a cultural perspective. We'll touch on food writing and storytelling as a way to combat erasure, a way to reflect on loss, and a way to challenge dominant narratives.

Lesley Téllez is a journalist, fiction writer, recipe developer, and entrepreneur in New York City. Her cookbook Eat Mexico: Recipes from Mexico City’s Streets, Markets and Fondas is her love letter to the four years she spent living in Mexico’s capital. For ten years, Lesley was co-founder and owner of the top-rated tourism company, Eat Mexico. Lesley's writing, which mostly explores Mexican food and identity, has been published in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, TASTE, Eater, and The New York Times, among others. Find her on Instagram & Twitter @lesleytellez.

In our time with Lesley, we:

  • Explored the cultural and storytelling power of food.

  • Learned to write about food to drive our story forward.

  • Learned about ourselves to create new writing, from storytelling and memoir to nonfiction and journalism.

  • Generated new material that will leave us all inspired to write even more about food.

Summer Solstice Writing Circle with writer, teacher & Scribente co-founder, Rachel Berg Scherer

A creative-writing experience for all the senses


Monday, June 21, 2021

8:00 -10:00 pm EDT


Teacher, writer, and Scribente co-founder Rachel Berg Scherer lead us through a series of creativity exercises that grounded us to our physical place and allowed us to release our inhibitions. All within the unique and brave Scribente Maternum community.


Look for more writing circle opportunities, coming soon!

Write for Parents Magazine with Digital Content Director Julia Dennison

See your byline at

Friday, March 12, 2021

1:00-2:00pm EST

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This fast-paced, interactive conversation with Julia Dennison, Digital Content Director for the Parents brand, was filled with solid pitching advice. Julia shared the kind of stories Parents is looking for, what makes a good pitch, and general tips about getting published in parenting publications. is eager to publish, and we are lucky that they look to Scribente for fresh voices!

Julia Dennison is Digital Content Director for the Parents brand, which includes heading up the content for and its social platforms. A single co-parenting mama to 4-year-old Esme, she’s been writing and editing in the parenting space for over 13 years (an editor in general for more than 16 years), with a passion for covering all the wonderfully unique ways people parent and form families. She’s been a co-host of the podcast Pregnancy Confidential, and now of the new podcast We Are Family with ShaunT, all about the diversity of family life in America today. She has also appeared as a panel moderator and expert on the parenting beat for various events and TV segments, including those for Good Morning America, CNN/HLN, Yahoo and local news networks.

Collective Care through Our Creativity - February 2021

  • Each Saturday in February, noon to 2:30 EST

  • Time as a large group to be inspired by our featured speaker and to set our intentions for the day ahead

  • Smaller breakout accountability groups, facilitated by Pen Parentis 
  • Large group meditation and intentional movement exercises
  • All large group sessions are recorded. If you miss a Saturday, you won't miss the content.

  • Check in with your small group and new community all week long.

Daily Topics

Saturday, February 6th

Sitting with the Grief and Hope of this Moment

Speaker: Maria Broom

We will sit with the feelings and emotions that this unique moment in history brings up. We will explore both the needs we each have personally, as well the needs of our communities. This day will also lay a foundation to tap into our maternal superpowers through writing and creativity. We will leave our time together ready to take care of ourselves and eager to take care of the collective.

Saturday, February 13th

Taking Care of Ourselves: The Oxygen Mask

Speaker: M. M. De Voe

In the spirit of the airplane oxygen mask in which we're reminded to mask up before assisting others, this session is designed to provide a centering opportunity to create a space for us to tend to ourselves so that we can more effectively turn the care outwards. We'll begin with self-care from the lens of activism and inclusion to ensure that roots of our self-care create a better world for everyone.

Saturday, February 20th

Taking Care of the World

Speaker: Rebecca Walker

We have focused on personal centering practice, and today we will work to take that care outwards. We will explore what we care most about in our homes, our communities, and our world and we will tap into our own connectedness to the world outside ourselves. 

Saturday, February 27th

Cultivating Collective Care Every Day

Speaker: Karen Houppert

Now that we have reset, re-centered, and reflected, we look to bringing these lessons to our everyday. This session will focus on action and creating a process to ensure that we're cultivating collective care every day. This session will also have a practical writing workshop component.

Remember Your Mother

A retreat experience centered around Native American writing, teaching, and learning

January 14 at 5:30pm CST to January15 at 4:30pm CST, Online

Welcome to a weekend of self-discovery. A time to connect to something greater, to become more grounded to the Earth, and more centered in your writing, both for your children and for yourself.​

Learn more about the the schedule, speakers, sessions and more.