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Supporting women in the arts one of our main goals is to offer a yearly scholarship award to a young woman pursuing her career.  We offer three awards.  One each in Art, Letters, and Music.  Applications and more information can be obtained by contacting Luana Leisure at   It is never too early to start thinking about applying.  Download PDF for application

Who We Are

Welcome to the home of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW), an organization of professional women artists, composers, and writers, founded in 1897, dedicated to our mission as a 501(c)3 organization to serve our communities through the arts.


The mission of the National League of American Pen Women is to support and promote creative excellence and professional standards among women in the arts.

THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY BRANCH  meets once a month starting in October through May.  


We hold two main functions a year:  A Celebrity luncheon and Scholarship Awards.

The Celebrity Lunch is where professional women in the Arts are selected to be  honored as achievers.


 This luncheon is also our means of raising funds for the yearly scholarships we offer to young women graduating from high school, undergraduates, or ladies returning to school to pursue their career

October 2022 Board:​

Branch President:       Luanna Leisure

Vice President:            Tina Jones Williams

Secretary:                     Claudia Gray

Treasure:                      ShaRon Haugen

Outreach Chair:          Dorothy Atkins

Celebrity Lunch Chair: Susan Zerweck

Membership;                Susan Zerweck

Scholarship Chair:      Luanna Leisure

Publicity:                      Lorraine Gabbert

WebMaster:                 Patricia Dennis

Scholarships:     Luanna Leisure 

Treasurer:          ShaRon Haugen 4156 Snowbank Court San Jose, CA 95135-1046

Membership:    Susan Zerweck at

Retiring Board Members

Vice President:           Patricia Dennis

Secretary:                   Marcia Sivek

Publicity                      Patricia Dennis


Nourish your creative life as an active, associate or student member. Find out about member benefits, how to become a Pen Woman.  Our branch is the Santa Clara County Branch and membership chair is Susan Zerweck at

Want to know more?
Explore National's website to learn our history, events, contest news, art and poetry.
Read about our mission statement, and visit pages on our history, historic headquarters, and outreach program.Look under Competitions  for grants.
Find out how (and why) to donate to our cause of women in the arts.
Visit our Publications section to find out about our quarterly literary magazine, The Pen Woman, and our Pen Women Press bookstore

Congratulations to our 2023 Scholarship winners!

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Shannon Ma - Music

Fontanna Zhi - Art

Sydney Teves - Letters

We are a non profit organization- any donation is appreciated #23-7214204

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