Volunteering with PEN

Thank you for your interest in working with PEN Canada. PEN Canada could not operate were it not for the involvement of individuals who generously contribute their expertise, their time and their passion to advance our work in defence of free expression. Whether it is helping out at our signature events, joining one of our committees, advocating for a writer in prison or pitching in wherever the need is greatest—consider becoming a volunteer with PEN Canada.

PEN receives several volunteer and intern requests annually and while we do our best to accommodate everyone, there is always more interest than we have capacity and while we appreciate your willingness to be involved, opportunities for volunteering in-office are rare.

Event Volunteers: Event volunteers are called upon to lend a hand on the day of an event. Duties may include handing out programs, ushering, and managing a guest list. If this is of interest to you please email events@pencanada.ca to be added to our event volunteer email list.

Advocates for Writers in Prison: PEN Canada is seeking to strengthen our Advocates program and we need your help. Become an Advocate for one of PEN Canada’s Honorary Members.
Click here for more information the Advocates program, or contact Office Manager, Theresa Johnson at queries@pencanada.ca or 416-703-8448 ext. 2221.

Supporters for Writers in Exile: If you would like to get involved in PEN Canada’s Writers in Exile Program by accompanying refugee writers to their hearings at the Immigration and Refugee Board. Your presence and support does make a huge difference to them.
Please contact Program Chair, TBD.


Interns work in the PEN office alongside PEN staff on either a full or part-time basis (9am-5pm) depending on the project needs, desk availability, and the availability of the intern.

Current Intern Opportunities – There are currently no openings.