PEN Canada works on behalf of writers, at home and abroad, who have been forced into silence for writing the truth as they see it.

The writers we support face a variety of dangers. They are surrounded by conflict, imprisoned or detained, intimidated by governments or criminal gangs, or forced to live in foreign countries as exiles or refugees. There are also Canadian writers within our borders who are the target of censorship.

PEN Canada addresses these diverse challenges with four programs:

These initiatives are designed to support, Canadian writers who battle judicial and other attacks on their writing; writers living in exile, silenced in their native land, but whose voices must be heard; and writers and journalists overseas who languish in jail for peacefully practicing their right to freedom of expression.

If you would like more information about any of PEN Canada’s programs, please contact Brendan de Caires, Programs and Communications Coordinator, at 416 703 8448 x2224 or by email at