How to Join

To become a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. contact the branch nearest you.  (To see the closest branch to you, click here).  A member will invite you to a branch event and see if you mutually feel the fit is right.  The Membership Chair and a Sponsor will then help you complete the application and eligibility credentials forms. She will also explain the benefits of local and national membership more fully.

If there is not a branch near you, you can join us and enjoy full membership benefits as a Member-at-Large (MAL).  Once you have determined the classification in which you are qualified, you can access the application and apply as a Member-At-Large.  (There is a check mark on each application, just for that.)

The following are summaries of eligibility and qualification requirements. The application form contains detailed information.

LettersProfessional women eligible for Letters membership include, but are not limited to: authors, co-authors, advertising sales promoters, compilers, dramatists, editors, genealogists, lecturers, librettists, lyric writers, periodical writers, photo journalists, poets, press writers, and script writers for communication media or motion pictures.  Required credentials must include proof of publication and payment.  If you are interested in this designation, see the application for Letters membership: 2016 NLAPW Memb Appl LETTERS.   It is classified as Active membership.

Associate, LettersIf you have met all of the requirements of an Active Member, except you have not been paid for your work, you may qualify for an Associate Letters Membership.  In the application where it states, “proof of payment,” you are required to prove that you are the author of that work.  It can be by contract, letter, byline, mention in a book, or other publications.  Associate Members have all the privileges of Active Membership, except they may not hold National office, or that of Branch President or Vice-President.  You would use the same application form as Letters, but would check “Associate” where indicated on the standard form: 2016 NLAPW Memb Appl LETTERS

Allied Professional, LettersProfessional women eligible for this classification include, but are not limited to: directors of theater productions, television producers or directors, and film dramatists (actresses, impersonators, comediennes), lecturers, publicists, and teachers of journalism and creative writing.  On the credentials form, verification of the applicant’s position title and proof of payment is required.  Also needed are three examples of creative production (published articles, original programs designed for curriculum, organizations formed that promote the arts, and outreach programs in the arts). If you are interested in this designation, see the application for Letters membership, Allied Professional: 2016 NLAPW Memb Appl ALLIED PROFES.

Allied Professionals enjoy all the benefits of Active Letters members, except they may not enter National competitions limited to Active and Associate Members.

Art Professional women eligible for the art membership include, but are not limited to, architects, cartoonists, craftswomen, designers, graphic artists, illustrators, painters, photographers, costume and set designers, and sculptors. Credentials submitted must include proof of payment for works or services. For exhibiting artists (painters, sculptors, or craftswomen) the artist must show proof of payment for work, accepted in at least three juried exhibitions.If you are interested in this designation, see the application for Art membership: 2016 NLAPW Memb Appl ART. It is classified as Active Membership.

Associate, ArtIf you have met all of the requirements of an Active Member, except you have not been paid for your work, you may qualify for an Associate Membership.  In the application where it states, “proof of payment”, you are required to prove that you are the creator of that work.  It can be by contract, letter, byline, mention in a book, or other publication. Associate Members have all the privileges of membership except they may not hold National office or that of Branch President or Vice-President.  You would use the same application form as Art’s, but would check “Associate” where indicated: 2016 NLAPW Memb Appl ART.

Allied Professional, Art Professional women in this classification include, but are not limited to: gallery or museum curators who create exhibitions of work by an artist or group of artists, video and film producers and directors; Art, Film, and Art History Instructors. On the credentials form, verification of the applicant’s position title and proof of payment is required. Also needed are three examples of creative production (exhibitions of her students’ work, her own work, published articles, original programs designed for curriculum, organizations formed that promote the arts, and outreach programs in the arts).  If you are interested in this designation, see the application for Art membership, Allied Professional: 2016 NLAPW Memb Appl ALLIED PROFES.

Allied Professionals enjoy all the benefits of Active Letters members, except they may not enter National competitions limited to Active and Associate Members.

Music and Dance Professional women eligible for the music and dance membership include, but are not limited to: composers, lyricists, musicologistsarrangers, producers, engineers, and drill writers.  They may present original compositions or original creative arrangements that have been professionally published or performed in a public forum. Choreographers shall present notated scores or video of filmed performances. Credentials shall be accompanied by proof of payment, or salary, for creating and directing the work submitted.  If you are interested in this designation, see the application for Music membership: 2016 NLAPW Memb Appl MUSIC. It is classified as Active Membership.

Associate, Music and DanceIf you have met all of the requirements of an Active Member, except you have not been paid for your work, you may qualify for an Associate Membership.  In the application where it states “proof of payment,” you are required to prove that you are the creator of that work.  It can be by contract, letter, byline, mention in a book, or other publications. Associate Members have all the privileges of membership except they may not hold National office or that of Branch President or Vice-President.  You would use the same application form as Music, but would check “Associate” where indicated: 2016 NLAPW Memb Appl MUSIC.

Allied Professional, Music and DanceProfessional women in this classification include: conductors, music producers, and dance directors engaged in production and performance of works created by composers and choreographers.  Professional vocalists, instrumentalists, and dancers who perform for a career must show proof of payment and three additional examples of professional creative ability beyond just performing.  Examples of this include private teaching, arranging, being published, choreographing, writing curriculum, holding recitals for students, or artistic embellishment for their productions.  This opens the door to professional performers in opera, ballet, symphony orchestra, bands, jazz, folk or ethnic dance troupes, choral groups, singers, dancers,and instrumentalists, as long as they show three examples of their craft beyond performing. This also holds true for music and dance teachers. On the credentials form, verification of the applicant’s position title and proof of payment is required.  Also needed are three examples of creative production (published articles, original programs designed for curriculum, original artwork, organizations formed that promote the arts, and outreach programs in the arts.).  Self-employed performers are also asked for three verified proofs of paid performances.  If you are interested in this designation, see the application for Music membership, Allied Professional: 2016 NLAPW Memb Appl ALLIED PROFES.

Allied Professionals enjoy all the benefits of Active Music and Dance members, except they may not enter National competitions limited to Active and Associate Members.

Transfer MemberAre you already a member and need to change your status or add a classification? Get the transfer form here: Transfer Form.2015.

International AffiliateA woman who meets the qualifications for Active or Associate membership, but is not a citizen of the United States is eligible to become an International Affiliate Member. For application form, Go to the Arts, Letters or Music/Dance Active application. It has a section to indicate your wish to apply as an Associate, Member At Large or International Associate on each.

Student MemberA woman who is a citizen of the United States, currently obtaining an undergraduate or post-graduate degree from a recognized college or university, may apply for Student Membership. A Student Member has not yet met Active Member or Associate Member qualifications.  It is hoped that branch participation would assist her in meeting one of these standards.  The cost of Student dues is reduced.  Students have branch voting privileges, and can assume Committee Chair and/or Committee Member positions.  For a Student Member application, email Membership Chair, Bev Goldie.

Questions?  Refer to the list of Frequently Asked Questions and instructions on the applications, first, to see if your question is addressed.  If not, e-mail a message to one of our credential chairs or our National Membership Development Chair.

Current Credentials Officers:

National Art Credentials

Patricia Setser
Jacksonville, Florida Branch
credentials4art@nlapw.org 

National Letters Credentials

Kelly Ann Compton
Denver, Colorado Branch
credentials4letters@nlapw.org

National Music Credentials

Marcia Foster Dunscomb
Atlanta, Georgia Branch
credentials4music@nlapw.org

National Membership Development Chair

Beverly Goldie
Central Ohio Branch
membership@nlapw.org