Without literature, there can be no meaningful freedom of
expression. Without freedom of expression, there can be no
Members of the PEN International Writers Circle are writers who
believe that literature and freedom of expression are at the heart
of a strong, vibrant society. They support PEN International’s
activities to ensure that silenced, unheard and unknown voices are
connected to readers and writers everywhere. The Writers Circle is
essential to the ongoing success and continuation of our work.
The Writers Circle was launched publicly during the 81st PEN
Congress in Québec City, October 2015. The launch received
worldwide attention, including this piece in the Guardian.
Patrons of the Writers Circle pledge an annual gift - in one of three Tiers starting at $1,000 - which funds vital
education, campaigning and protection work, and which safeguards PEN’s
broader mission of advancing literature across borders and defending freedom of
If you would like to find out more about membership of the Writers Circle, please send a message to Paul.
And read our Imagination Manifesto here!