Who We Are

A Distinct Identity

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 a Celebrity Lunch in which 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 that 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


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



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.

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

Susan Zerweck, Is Membership Chair  for  Santa Clara County Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.  Contact her to join our group!

Making a difference

Celebrity Luncheon




Elks Lodge,
444 W Alma Ave, San Jose, CA 95110, USA

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