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PEN International is the largest association of writers, representing over 20,000 members across the globe. We work to promote literature and to strengthen freedom of expression on every continent. PEN was founded by the British poet, playwright and peace activist C.A. Dawson-Scott. Working with our first two Presidents, John Galsworthy and H.G. Wells, her idea was to create a space for writers everywhere to create dialogue, share ideas and build a forum uniting writers and readers irrespective of their culture, language or political opinion. Today, PEN includes tens of thousands of writers, translators, publishers, journalists, screen writers, bloggers and readers in over 150 Centres, spanning more than 110 countries, who contribute to our mission of protecting freedom of expression and promoting literature.
PEN International is a non-political organisation which holds Special Consultative Status at the UN and Associate Status at UNESCO.
For more information on how you can support the work of PEN International, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEN International Circles
The Readers Circle. The Writers Circle. The Publishers Circle. The Stage and Screen Circle.
These four groups form a worldwide community that weaves together the worlds of literature and free expression. PEN’s essential work is enabled by the commitment and the support of our own community – writers, readers, publishers, translators, bloggers and screen writers. To read more about joining the PEN family, click here.
If you would like to support our work on an ongoing basis you can set up a direct debit or standing order. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
You can raise funds on behalf of PEN International through sponsored events, hosting a fundraising dinner or reading, or coming up with a fundraising idea of your own. To join our PEN Champions programme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Legacy or Living Will
For almost 100 years we have supported writers worldwide. By leaving a legacy or by creating a living will supporting PEN International you will be benefiting writers in need, safeguarding freedom of expression and helping to promote literature. We will honour and recognise your gift in our Annul Reports, Centenary celebration and Annual Congress online. For details of how to support PEN in this way please contact email@example.com
PEN International is grateful for the kind support and involvement of corporate partners. PEN has 144 centres worldwide in 102 countries. If you are interested in having a discussion about how we could work together please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
There are sponsorship and programme development opportunities available. Examples of partnerships include Bloomberg‘s sponsorship of Free the Word! – our international event series – and global law firm Clifford Chance who work with PEN International to provide engagement on a range of projects with our Centres around the world.
Trusts and Foundations
PEN International is grateful for the support given by trusts and foundations such as The Commonwealth Foundation, Natur & Kultur, The Evan Cornish Foundation, The Banyan Tree Foundation, The Fritt Ord Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, and the International Organisation of La Francophonie, to help us deliver our international programmes and to support our work with Centres and with writers worldwide, helping to safeguard and strengthen freedom of expression. If you are interested in supporting PEN International and believe we may be a good fit for your trust or foundation please contact email@example.com
In 2011 we established our Publishers Circle whose founding members Penguin, Hachette Livre and Random House. To find out more or for an informal discussion, interested publishers should contact please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2015 we launched the PEN International Writers Circle for authors who wish to make a significant contribution to support the work of PEN International. Further details are available from email@example.com
The Readers Circle brings together those passionate about the power of the written word, to support the essential work of PEN International in protecting freedom of expression and celebrating literature. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
PEN International is a registered UK charity under the name International P. E. N. Our charity number is 1117088.