Post 6 in my Professional Authors Associations Series. Click here to read post 1.
P.E.N. American Center: www.pen.org
P.E.N. American Center is an international community of writers, editors, translators, and others interested in the field of literature who work to defend free expression worldwide, support persecuted writers, and promote and encourage the recognition and reading of contemporary literature. Its 3,400 Professional Members include published writers, translators, and editors. The organization also includes Associate Members who come from other parts of the literary community—booksellers, librarians, students, and “passionate readers.” P.E.N. advocates for the free expression rights of writers and readers. It has member committees and groups focusing on translation, children’s/young adult authors, and a women’s literary workshop. Benefits include a journal, discounts to P.E.N.’s prominent public programs, such as its World Voices Festival of International Literature, health insurance at group rates in certain states, and a discounted subscription to its online database of Grants and Awards available to American Writers.
This information has been adapted from the 4th edition of The Writer’s Legal Guide by Kay Murray and myself.