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

Branch President:       Luanna Leisure

Vice President:           Patricia Dennis

Secretary:                   Marcia Sivek

Treasurer:                   ShaRon Haugen

Membership:              Susan Zerweck

Outreach Chair:          Dorothy Atkins

Celebrity Chair:          Cyra Cowan

Scholarship Chair:      Luanna Leisure

Publicity/Web:            Patricia Dennis

Scholarships:     Luanna Leisure  scholarshipnlapw@aol.com 

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

Membership:    Susan Zerweck at ralph_susan@comcast.net




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 ralph_susan@comcast.net

Want to know more?

Explore National's website www.nlapw.org 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


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 scholarshipnlapw@aol.com 

 It is never too early to start thinking about applying.  Congratulations to our 2020 winners 

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

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