Vivian Ripley art

Vivian Ripley (art)

Mary Hoffman letters

Mary Hoffman (letters)

The National League of American Pen Women, Inc. offers memberships in four disciplines: Art, Letters (writers), Music, and Allied Professionals (choreography, dance, theater, film, performing arts, etc.). To become a member, contact us by clicking  here to go to our Contact page. You will be invited to a branch meeting to see if you feel the fit is right. Your sponsor and the branch membership chair will help you complete the application and gather the proper credentials. The branch membership chair will explain the benefits of local and national membership more fully.

If you don’t qualify for national membership yet, you may come in as a branch member and your sponsor will mentor you through the process of gaining the credentials you need.

Below is additional information. Please take time to watch the video at the bottom of the page! You can also click here to visit the national website for membership forms and instructions.

Types of Membership

We welcome women with backgrounds and skills in:

  • Art
  • Letters (writers)
  • Music
  • Allied Arts (dance, theater, video, choreography, film, performing arts, etc.)
Peggy Dye music

Peggy Dye (music)

Membership Classifications

For each membership type, we have the following classifications:

  • Active membership
  • Associate membership
  • Allied Professional membership

For descriptions and application forms, go to and scroll down to the classification you are interested in.

Please Contact Us if you want to join and we will help you through the application process.

Notable Pen Women

  • Helen Keller, writer
  • Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady and active member
  • Georgia O’Keefe, artist
  • Pearl S. Buck, writer
  • Grandma Moses, artist
  • Maya Angelou, writer
  • Rosalyn Carter, First Lady and writer
  • Barbara Bush, First Lady and writer
  • Erma Bombeck, Ohio writer
  • Alice Shille, Columbus artist
  • Vinnie Ream, sculptor
  • Leonora Spreyer, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Helen Hayes

Watch the video below for more information on why to be a pen woman.