• a sisterhood of talented women who are dedicated to their craft and to sharing their passion for arts with others

Founded in 1897, the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports and promotes professional women in arts, letters, music, and allied professions. 

-What’s New-

  • Music Members Form National Network

    Music members were invited to send comments and suggestions about creating a forum for communicating with and supporting each other — and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
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  • Preparations Continue for the Biennial in D.C.

    The NLAPW Biennial Committee is planning for a full in-person event and looking forward to gathering in person again. Health and safety precautions required by D.C. and the venue will be implemented.
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Why Become a Pen Woman?

Cape Canaveral Branch member Donna Puglisi shares brief insights into how the prestigious NLAPW helps professional women in all aspects of the arts to network with fellow artists and expand their horizons.

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  • Featured Member: Sandy Gleaves

    Iowa City Branch member Sandy Gleaves, an author and pilot, says that writing, like flying, changes the view and “makes you see other perspectives.”
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  • 1,200+ members strong

  • 60+ branches across country

  • 35 disciplines represented

Join Pen Women at the 50th Biennial in D.C. in spring 2022

Every two years, we get together and host an amazing convention of workshops, speakers, music, art exhibits, and more. The 50th Biennial has been postponed until 2022 due to the pandemic. Check back often to see what’s new about the upcoming event.