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.

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. We promote the work of our member writers in various ways, including on our website. View books from members here

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.

It’s vital to allow for different ideas, different opinions, different ways of responding to life and experience. Democracy is meaningless without that, so it is essential to protect freedom of expression. By doing that we protect our future’

– Jenni Calder, Scottish PEN Trustee

Join us in membership via PayPal at the links below. To pay annually or monthly by standing order, please contact the PEN Office at info@scottishpen.org.  You can also send a cheque payable to Scottish PEN to the Membership Secretary, Scottish PEN, The Writers’ Museum, Lady Stair’s House, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PA.

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For published or performed writers, editors, journalists or academics.

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.

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For students and those under the age of 26.

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

/YEAR

Members of the reading public who support literature and free expression. Join to defend your favourite writers and journalists.

Readers do not have voting rights, but otherwise participate in all aspects of PEN activities and its sub-committees.

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

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

Receive our monthly member's e-bulletin.

Nominate a representative to attend meetings of the executive committee.