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.

Who are we?

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. Click here to read our corporate mission statement. Click here to read our non-discrimination policy.

Want to know more?

Explore our website pages to link to our history, events, contest news art and poetry. Click About for our mission statement, and see the pull down menu under About to visit pages on our history, historic headquarters, and outreach programs. You can find out how to join under Membership. Look under Competitions for grants. Latest News and Events will connect you with our upcoming programs. Find out how (and why) to Donate to our cause of promoting Art, Music and Letters. Visit our Publications section to find out about our quarterly literary magazine, The Pen Woman, and our Pen Women Press books. We’ve even got a bookstore!

Connect with us!

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