See details: 49th Biennial Registration Form

2018 NLAPW Election of Officers

Biennial Activities: Pen Women Treasures and Silent Auction

Pen Women Treasures and Silent Auction Instructions

Artists and Artisans:

PEN WOMEN TREASURE Artists or Artisans 2018

Authors and Composers:

PEN WOMEN TREASURES Reigistration Form, Authors, composers

Sample form for Silent Auction items and bidding: SILENT AUCTION Bid form

Show Off Your Photo Skills

Got your digital camera?
Have some fun during the 2018 Des Moines Biennial.

  • Take as many photos as you like during the time you’re in and around Des Moines. They will be great souvenirs of your memorable time in this wonderful city.
  • Choose your best two photos to enter in our contest.
  • There will be SD card readers and some common cables available to help you with uploading in the Waterloo Room (where the Pen Women Treasures are located).

Deadline will be 6:15 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the Waterloo Room.
Judges will be convening to pick the winners during the dessert reception.

All entries give NLAPW, Inc. permission to publish your photos in NLAPW-related publications and publicity materials, including the website.

The three winning photographers will receive a cash award: $25 for first prize, $15 for second, and $10 for third. The first 40 attendees who enter the contest will receive an extra goody.

Happily sponsored by Sandy Huff, Tampa Branch.


Register now for the 49th NLAPW Biennial Conference in Des Moines, Iowa:

49th Biennial Registration Form

Email Registration Chair


2018 Biennial Competitions




Pen Women Press is pleased to announce the publication of
Celebrating 120 Years of Pen Women
a limited-edition commemorative coloring book
featuring the artwork of NLAPW members.
Read more…
Now available for ordering! Click here to go to the NLAPW Bookstore.





Download our beautiful flyer to share Pen Women with your friends and family. Attach it to emails and post on your Facebook, Pinterest… NLAPW flyer 2017




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The 2016 NLAPW Board of Directors standing on the beautiful staircase at The Pen Arts Building in Washington, D.C.

2016 NLAPW Board of Directors standing on the beautiful staircase at The Pen Arts Building and Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

Welcome to the home of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW), an organization of professional women artists, composers, and writers, founded in 1897, dedicated to our mission as a 501(c)3 organization to serve our communities through the arts.

The Mission of the National League of American Pen Women is to support and promote creative excellence and professional standards among women in the arts.*

*Passed by the NLAPW National Board of Directors, October, 2014.


Who are we?

Through the historic Pen Arts Building and Art Museum in the heart of Washington D.C., we enhance experiences for our members, diverse communities, and youth with educational events, outreach programs, and concerts sponsored by the NLAPW.

We have branches in states throughout our nation; in large cities, in rural areas, in towns, on all the coasts and in Hawaii. Branches offer seminars, workshops, art exhibits, readings, concerts, and outreach programs. Find a branch in your area.

Want to know more?

Explore our website to learn our history, events, contest news, art and poetry.