“PEN is like most writers I know: passionate, principled, stubborn and willing to speak out. PEN, matter of fact, is the voice, the conscience, of writers everywhere. More than 140 centres operate on six continents, with PEN Canada considered among the most active and effective. People look to us for leadership and we, in turn, rely on members, donors, patrons and sponsors to help us do our work. Without equally passionate and principled supporters, we can’t be nearly as effective as we need to be. Please join us. Free expression matters. Your support matters.”
–Charlie Foran
PEN Canada


Anyone can join PEN Canada.

It costs $75 a year to be a member of PEN. You can pay this as a one-time fee or distribute your contribution through the year. Student memberships are $25 a year. Contributions to PEN Canada are tax-deductible. You will receive a tax receipt for all dues and donations. You can pay your membership fee by:

  • clicking through to a membership payment form below
  • calling the PEN office with your credit card information
  • sending us a cheque payable to PEN Canada.

Writer Members are writers and literary professionals (translators, editors, playwrights, etc.)

Associate Members are anybody who supports literature and PEN’s work in the name of free expression.

Student Members (minimum $25)


TEN for PEN!

PEN Canada now has a monthly giving program. TEN for PEN is a simpler, more convenient, more effective way to start and renew your membership. By giving only $10 a month through this method of sustained support, you will not only avoid receiving annual membership renewal reminders, you will help reduce PEN’s administrative costs. Moreover, with your small additional donation, you will help advance PEN’s vital work on behalf of persecuted writers and in defence of freedom of expression at home and abroad.

(In the comment section of the payment form please indicate your membership type – writer, associate, or student.)

NOTE: When you click through to the payment window please enter the amount you wish to donate monthly. This amount will then be drawn from your credit card each month. All monthly payments are charged on the 15th (or as close to as possible) of every month. Your monthly donations will begin the month after your initial payment.

Benefits of being a PEN member
All PEN Canada members — writer members and associate members alike — are now eligible for health, auto and home insurance plans through the Writers Coalition of Canada. The plan was specially designed for writers based on a survey of 600 writers from across Canada. Glasses were a priority, and they are included. Check out the plan at

For more information, contact:
Pari Rajagopalan, Office Manager
PEN Canada
Phone: 416 703 8448 ext 25


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