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As a member of the National League of American Pen Women, you enjoy the prestige of a unique arts organization. The NLAPW has an impressive history of advancing the cause of creative women as professionals since 1897.

"Determined" Oil painting by Ava Cosey Bayou City Branch, TX

Oil painting by Ava Cosey
Bayou City Branch, TX

  • The NLAPW headquarters in Washington, D.C., the beautiful Pen Arts Building and Art Museum in Dupont Circle
    • Placed in the Congressional Record February 4, 2016  as “a treasured historical landmark in our midst” and  “a key nonprofit neighbor, whose headquarters building is a magnificent architectural gem.”
    • Member luminaries include Nobel Laureate Pearl Buck, Margaret Mitchell, Eudora Welty and Eleanor Roosevelt.
    • Vinnie Ream was a young Civil War era artist who sculpted the Lincoln statue that stands in the Capitol’s Rotunda, as well as the statue of Admiral Farragut at Farragut Square. Vinnie Ream is distinguished in that Abraham Lincoln modeled for her in person.


See Member References and Resources for NLAPW Code of Ethics, Bylaws and other organizational information.

Show your Pen Woman pride with an NLAPW insignia pin.

Questions about member benefits?

Contact our Membership Development Chair
Beverly Goldie,

“Girl In Blue”
Photo by Carol Loethen
Pensacola Branch

Not a member yet? See How to Join.

  • Competitions
    • Members-only competitions give you the opportunity for national recognition for your work.
  • NLAPW Branches
    • NLAPW membership comprises some 82 branches throughout the country, and encompasses a cross-section of American women—all ages, races, religions, and cultures.
  • All the News
    • Keep up with the NLAPW – from initiatives at the Pen Arts headquarters in Washington, DC to branch and individual member news. Send your news to or to