national Pen Women

The National League of American Pen Women founded in 1897, is a non-profit organization of professional women artists, writers and composers.  When NLAPW was founded, women journalists were not permitted to join the National Press Club.  Few women artists or composers were recognized for their talents during that time in our history. 

The West Virginia Charleston Branch has the same mission as the other 81 branches located in 35 states throughout the USA:  “To encourage, recognize and promote the production of creative work of professional standard in art, letters and music and through outreach activities provide educational, creative and professional support to members and non-members in these disciplines.  The core values of the NLAPW are respect, knowledge, creation and preservation of arts.”

Members of the Charleston Branch have attained professional status in their creative disciplines and have been approved at the national level.  Those active members are Sonja Adkins, Kathy Boland, Carolyn Cavendish, Janet Chambers, Joyce Daniels, Kathleen Kimble, Danielle McQueen-Milam, Pat Roberts, Emily Roles, Linda Charles Stone, Linda Stonestreet, and Betty Warner.  The group meets once a month to conduct business, welcome speakers, exchange new ideas, and to plan annual activities to help promote the arts.

If you are interested in learning more about membership, you may contact Linda Charles Stone, Membership Chair, at the following email address    Any member of The Charleston Branch will be happy to talk with you regarding the NLAPW organization during the“Art Walk” on March 16, 2017, at the Art Emporium located on the corner of Quarrier and Hale Streets.