Building on oral traditions, parables, and the rich history of artists as unpretentious makers, PEN DIY celebrates how literature can be approachable yet unexpected, and how it can help us make sense of our lives.

Join us at the Ace Hotel’s Liberty Hall for new talks every month by acclaimed writers and artists, and follow the links below to enjoy our past DIY’s:







PEN DIY 2015


October 5: Joseph Keckler on “How to Sing Yourself”

September 8: Marisa Marchetto on “How to Use Death as Your Life Coach” 

June 1: Bob Morris on “How to Deal with Regret”  

April 6:  Jennifer Weiner on “How to be Authentic on Social Media”

March 2:  Amanda Palmer on “How All Writing is Writing”

February 2: Erica Jong on “How to Write YOUR Book”


December 1: Wesley Stace on “How to Lead a Double Life”

November 3: Justin Vivian Bond on “How to Take a Flying Leap”

October 6: Natalie Diaz on “How to Sacrifice Your Brother Even When He is an Aztec”