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.*

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.


Why Be a Pen Woman?

Watch our newly produced video with interviews from Pen Women and a showcase of what NLAPW is all about. (Or click here to view on YouTube)

49th Biennial Highlights

Des Moines, Iowa, April 2018

49th Biennial Des Moines



Creative artists, writers, composers and other arts professionals came together to share their experiences and accomplishments and to support Pen Women from across the United States.
Click here for highlights and photo gallery



Newly-Elected NLAPW Board of Directors

for the 2018-2020 Term

2018-2020 NLAPW Board of Directors (R-L): Evelyn Wofford, Sheila Byrnes, Norma Jean Hagstrom, Bev Goldie, Robin Johnson Moscati, Laura Walth, Mary Patricia Canes, and Barbara Nunes. Not pictured: Marge Dodge.  Photo by Anne Baehr.


Evelyn Wofford, President

Sheila M. Byrnes, First Vice President

Lorna Jean Hagstrom, Second Vice President

Beverly (Bev) Goldie, Third Vice President

Rev. Robin Moscati, Fourth Vice President & Chaplin

Laura Walth, Fifth Vice President

Mary Pat Canes, Recording Secretary

Barbara L. Nunes, Treasurer

Marge Dodge, Ethics Chair

See the individual profiles here.



Pen Women Press joyfully announces the forthcoming publication of

Creative Genius: The Inspirational Wisdom of Pen Women.

This original anthology of wit, wisdom and willpower features work by 23 Pen Women. Read more…

Now available for ordering! Click here to go to the NLAPW Bookstore.




Want to know more?


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