PEN WOMEN of
The National League of American Pen Women began in 1897 in Washington D.C., when a group of career women decided to organize to promote the development of the creative talents of professional women artists, writers, dramatists, lecturers and composers.
The Southwest Florida Branch was established in 1977 and is comprised of professional women who work in the arts, including painting, photography, pottery and jewelry, and who are published authors of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and plays.
We fund scholarships for worthy local young women desiring to further their careers in the fields of art, literature or music. We hold hundreds of awards for our work, which is displayed in galleries and libraries around the United States and in collections around the world.
While our branch has long been known for our strong visual arts membership, we are building on that reputation with several new letters members. We meet once a month from November through May, generally at lunch with an educational or fun program.