Join English PEN

Why become a member?

Join our community of writers, readers and activists celebrating and protecting the freedom to read and write. Your membership helps to:

  • encourage new literature in translation
  • celebrate the best literary talent through our prizes and events 
  • campaign for writers at risk of persecution
  • host international writers through our residency programme
  • defend freedom of expression around the world
  • run outreach programmes in schools and community spaces
  • shape our priorities at the Annual General Meeting

Who is membership for?

Everyone! Anyone can be a writer, a reader or an activist.

How much does it cost?

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