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.

We have branches on all three of our nation’s coasts, in Hawaii, in rural areas, in large cities, and in towns and states throughout our nation. Branches offer seminars, workshops, art exhibits, readings, concerts, and outreach programs. Educational, outreach events and concerts sponsored by the NLAPW through the historic Pen Arts Building in the heart of Washington, D.C. aim to enhance Arts experiences for diverse communities, including youth, in the District of Columbia.

Explore our website pages to link to our history, events, contest news and poetry. Click About and visit pages on our history, historic headquarters, and outreach programs. You can find out how to join under Membership. Look under Competitions for grants. Events will connect you with what’s upcoming. Find out how (and why) to Donate to our cause of promoting Art, Music and Letters. Iphone and Android users can bookmark to your homescreen and connect with our arts scene from your mobiles. Our YouTube
channel is a click away. Receive a Poem of the Week and an Art of the Week by signing up for our blog. Get the arts scene scoop in a flash by following us on Twitter. And link to our Google+ page here.

News & Announcements

Latest News

Join us on line September 23rd for our latest Pen Women OnLine interactive webinar: Intellectual Property for Creatives. IP Attorney and Pikes Peak Pen Woman Brenda Speer will share her valuable knowledge on how to protect creative work and answer specific questions from participants. Click here to find out more. This webinar can also be viewed recorded after September 23.

Call for Presenters at Pikes Peak Writers Conference
See our news and events page for details.

Rooms available
Learn more about our historic headquarters in the heart of our nation’s capitol city on our Pen Arts Building page. Interested in staying in our remarkable historic headquarters while visiting Washington, D.C.? See our brochure on our available guest rooms and donation rates by clicking here.

Pen Arts Note Cards Available
Send notes on our elegant Pen Arts Note cards, now available in 10-packs for $12.50 each.

The Pen Arts Building, Washington, DC drawing by Prue Carrico

The Pen Arts Building, Washington, DC
drawing by Prue Carrico

Download the order form here to pay by check (and while you are at it, consider a donation to our CEF). Or buy now using our secure on line payment system:

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Note: A flat fee of $4.00 will be added to each order to cover shipping and handling.

Use these cards for thank you notes to branch speakers, as gifts to sister Pen Women, to welcome new artists, writers and composers to the community — or just to let your friends know you’re thinking of them. And, if you use our online payment system, you may also want to consider a donation to the Commemorative Endowment Fund. You can donate any time, any amount, (no donation is too small or too large to be tax deductible) using our Donate button to the right.

Art Gallery
The NLAPW 2014 Juried Art Exhibit is now on our Art Gallery page. See these stunning works from women artists from across the nation.

NLAPW blog
As part of our mission to promote the Arts for all, we have a blog you can follow with free Poem of the Week and Art of the Week features with poems and art by our members. Click here to read the latest entry. Enter your email address in the box on the right to follow and receive a poem and a beautiful work of art in your inbox, free.

2014 NLAPW Board of Directors Elections
For the election results, including bylaws revisions, click here.

Deadline for submissions to the Fall issue, Pen Woman Magazine
September 15, 2014

Summer 2014 issue of the Pen Woman Magazine
The Summer 2014 issue of the Pen Woman Magazine has arrived in member mailboxes and is available for purchase to the public. This issue includes biennial poetry, art, and music, what’s happening in our branches and a message from our new President, Candace Long.

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Spirit, Joy and Peace
Our latest publication of poetry by Pen Women is available, Spirit, Peace and Joy: a poetry anthology by Pen Women. Visit our Bookstore to order NOW.

New Pen Women OnLine Webinar
Click here to find out about our online learning courses and register to view “Spreadsheets 101: Left-Brain Skills for Right Brain Thinkers” held on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014, or other pre-recorded webinars.

Grants and Scholarships
The NLAPW awards several major grants and scholarships to non-members in Art, Letters and Music every two years as part of our mission. Learn if you qualify and how to apply by clicking here.

Order Greenwich Branch Poetry Anthology
The Greenwich Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) book of original poetry Women’s Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences that Shape Women’s Lives is available for purchase: Click here for link to the Greenwich Branch site.

Find Your Voice Webinar
For more info and to register, visit our Pen Women OnLine page.

Fall/Winter, Pen Woman Magazine
The Pen Woman Spring issue of the Pen Woman magazine is on its way to members’ post boxes with poetry, 2014 Biennial news, and art by our members. Not a member yet? You can order a copy here on our website. Click here to visit our Pen Woman Magazine page and use our secure payment method.

Free Webinar
Christina Laurie, NLAPW 3rd Vice President, Cape Cod writer, and a Pen Woman for 48 years, offers a free webinar on how to build your branch and attract new members. Click here for more info.

NLAPW Shirley Holden Helberg Grants for Mature Women
Call for submissions for Art, Letters and Music grants for non-member women age 35+. Click here for details on how to apply.

Sandy Book Drive
After seeing the plea for books on our website, Member-at-Large Jaonne Foster, a journalist from Charlottesville, VA, wrote a piece for the Jefferson Madison Regional Library newsletter seeking donations. Hong Yao, our contact from the Queens Library system in New York, reports that many books were received. Many libraries are not ready to receive more books yet, and so our call for donations to the Queens libraries is now on hold until more libraries are rebuilt and ready to process more donations. We are still in contact with libraries in need, and are working on helping libraries across the country affected by natural disaster, such as in Moore, OK.

Library budgets are being slashed everywhere, and so the need for cash donations to help communities maintain these resources will not end soon. Donate directly to your local library, or
click on the Donate Now button to donate any amount, no matter how small, to help libraries maintain their collections. Please add a note to your donation specifying “Sandy Book Drive,” and all donations marked this way will go directly to libraries we’re working with. Thank you to the Publications Committee and Katie Witek, Nat’l Letters Chair, and Atlanta author Renea Winchester, for their work on this!

Pennies for Pen Arts
Do you like competitions? An old fund raiser, “Pennies for Pen Arts”, has been revived and is called “Cash for Creativity.” Chaired by Judy Woods-Knight of Tacoma, WA, branch, a member of the newly established fund raising committee, the challenge is for each branch at each meeting to collect “cash” for a donation to the Endowment Fund, which supports the Pen Arts building and its special programs. Each month after the branch meeting, a check should be sent by the treasurer (or whoever collects the donations) to National (1300 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC). Please put CEF in notation line of check. The winning branch will be recognized at the 2014 biennial in Atlanta!

The fund raising committee was established at the June 2012 board meeting to help alleviate our deficit. Christina Laurie of the Cape Cod, MA, branch is chairman.

Our new brochure is in stock! Click here for a preview and how to order.

2012 Cape Cod Branch Haiku Contest Results! Click here to read the winning haiku and judge’s comments.

Autumn 2012 On Line Art Competition for Members, Winners announced. Click here to see our gallery of our latest juried contest. Congratulations to the women artists of the NLAPW!

Bethesda Design Web awarded Outstanding Achievement in Nonprofit Web Design and Development by the Interactive Media Awards (TM) for our website!! Click here to read more.

For the most recent information on the biennial business meeting, donation needs, kudos and ways we are partnering, see our News Page. For a photo sampling of the music, letters and art events from the 2012 Branching Out Biennial, see our Biennial Photo Gallery page.

Enter Contests

We sponsor Art, Music and Writing competitions for members and non-members. Follow our blog and Twitter feeds to find out about our contests and other opportunities.

Member Galleries

Our Art Gallery now includes beautiful new work by members from across the country. Special thanks to the Golden-Gate Marin Branch, CA for their submissions. See our Music Gallery for new profiles of music members. For information on how to submit work for our art, letters and music galleries, please see our Gallery page.