Join our fight for freedom of expression in Scotland and beyond.

Our work is driven by our members who volunteer to chair events, write to world leaders about freedom of expression, and raise awareness about our causes. Join Scottish PEN today to get involved in our fight to protect the right to read and write.

Members agree to the aims of International PEN as stated in its charter, without regard to nationality, language, race or religion.

Membership Categories

Writers

For published or performed writers, editors, journalists or academics. The current annual membership fee is £30. A concessionary fee of £15 is available for students and those under the age of 26.

Most of Scotland’s leading writers have been members over the years, and our current members include Ian Rankin, J.K. Rowling, Alexander McCall Smith, Lesley Riddoch, Christine de Luca, Ron Butlin and Kathleen Jamie.

Readers

Members of the reading public who support literature and free expression. Annual membership fee is £15.

Readers do not have voting rights, but otherwise participate in all aspects of PEN activities and its sub-committees. They can also nominate a representative to attend meetings of the executive committee. Join to defend your favourite writers and journalists.

To become a member, please tell us if you are a:

£30

Join one of our sub-committees to help defend writers, run events, or come up with your own project.

Submit your writing to PENning magazine.

Promote your events, writing, and calls-for-entries in our members' e-bulletin.

Receive our monthly member's e-bulletin.

Vote on core decisions about how Scottish PEN is managed and organised.

£15

Join one of our sub-committees to help defend writers, run events, or come up with your own project.

Submit your writing to PENning magazine.

Promote your events, writing, and calls-for-entries in our members' e-bulletin.

Receive our monthly member's e-bulletin.

Vote on core decisions about how Scottish PEN is managed and organised.

£15

Join one of our sub-committees to help defend writers, run events, or come up with your own project.

Receive our monthly member's e-bulletin.