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Distinguished Patron

Distinguished Patron Membership is open to anyone who supports PEN Center USA’s mission and wishes to make an additional donation to our outreach programs. While the rewards of PEN Center USA membership start with the knowledge that you are helping to free imprisoned writers around the world and to defend the First Amendment, you will also receive exclusive benefits and privileges within the literary community.

Bookseller membership

Bookseller Membership is open to any person able to prove current employment at a bookstore. While the rewards of PEN Center USA membership start with the knowledge that you are helping to free imprisoned writers around the world and to defend the First Amendment, you will also receive exclusive benefits and privileges within the literary community.
  1. Half off all PEN Center USA Craft Sessions.
  2. Receive discounts on advertised craft sessions and events, including

Note to WGA Members

PEN USA is pleased to offer a special reduced price to Writers Guild of America members for this year's 19th Annual Literary Awards Festival. The WPA Package includes a one-year membership to PEN USA along with two tickets to LitFest for only $325.00.

Student Membership

Student Membership is open to any person able to prove current enrollment at an educational institution. While the rewards of PEN Center USA membership start with the knowledge that you are helping to free imprisoned writers around the world and to defend the First Amendment, you will also receive exclusive benefits and privileges within the literary community.
  1. Half off all PEN Center USA Craft Sessions.
  2. Receive discounts on advertised craft sessions and event

Patron Membership

Patron Membership is open to anyone who supports PEN Center USA’s mission and outreach work. While the rewards of PEN Center USA membership start with the knowledge that you are helping to free imprisoned writers around the world and to defend the First Amendment, you will also receive exclusive benefits and privileges within the literary community.

Professional Membership

Professional Membership is open to professional writers, journalists, editors, and translators who have professionally published at least one major title or a comparable body of work. While the rewards of PEN Center USA membership begin with the knowledge that you are helping to free imprisoned writers around the world and to defend the First Amendment, you will also receive exclusive benefits and privileges.

PEN Member Publications

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Renew

You may also click below to download a renewal form for your level of membership. If you have questions about the status of your membership, please email membership@penusa.org or call (323) 424-4939 x1004. Information and instructions for renewing are listed on the renewal forms.

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Becoming a Professional Member

Professional membership in PEN Center USA is open to professional writers, including poets, novelists, playwrights, journalists, editors, and translators as well as writers for film and television, who have a professionally produced or published body of work.

PEN CENTER USA MEMBERSHIP

PEN Center USA’s membership consists of over seven hundred published and produced writers—novelists, journalists, poets, translators, playwrights, screen- and television-writers, and writers from academia. It also comprises supporters, students, and booksellers who endorse our mission and wish to participate in our activities.