PEN International represents over 200,000 writers across the globe. Together, we have been fighting for freedom of expression since 1921. We promote cultural understanding, fight for persecuted writers and support civil society and education programmes worldwide. PEN International is a non-political organisation which holds Special Consultative Status at the UN and Associate Status at UNESCO.
PEN was founded by the British poet, playwright and peace activist C. A. Dawson-Scott, as an international club providing a creative space for writers to share ideas and a forum uniting writers irrespective of their culture, language or political opinion.
For more information please contact Holly.strauss [at] pen-international.org.
PEN International Circles
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 Holly.strauss [at] pen-international.org 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 Holly.strauss [at] pen-international.org
Legacy or Living Will
For the past 90 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 special 90th Anniversary Review, online and at our Annual Congress. For details of how to support PEN in this way please contact our Executive Director, Carles Torner at Carles.Torner@pen-international.org or on +44 (0) 20 7405 0338.
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 our Executive Director, Carles Torner at Carles.Torner@pen-international.org or on +44 (0) 20 7405 0338.
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 providing engagement on a range of projects with our Centres.
Trusts and Foundations
PEN International is most grateful for the support given by trusts and foundations such as The Commonwealth Foundation, the International Organisation of La Francophonie, and the Prince Claus Fund, 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 our Executive Director, Carles Torner at Carles.Torner@pen-international.org for an initial discussion.
In 2011 we established our Publishers Circle with founding members Penguin, Hachette and Random House. To find out more or for an informal discussion, interested publishers should contact please contact James Tennant, PEN International’s Literature & Strategic Partnerships Manager: james.tennant[at]pen-international.org
We are also launching a Writers Circle for authors who wish to make a significant contribution to support the work of PEN International. Further details are available from James Tennant, PEN International’s Literature & Strategic Partnerships Manager: james.tennant[at]pen-international.org
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 Holly Strauss, Communications and Fundraising Officer: Holly.strauss [at] pen-international.org
The Screen Circle will be launched mid-2016. For more information contact Sahar Halaimzai, Communications and Campaigns Manager: Sahar.email@example.com
PEN International is a registered UK charity under the name International P. E. N. Our charity number is 1117088.