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Welcome to
Florida Pen Women

Hoping you and your branches are continuing to blossom in friendship and creativity!

We want Florida women to make a BIG SPLASH in the Vinnie Ream Medal competition! Send in your Art, Letters, and Music submissions soon - March 30 is the deadline.

VINNIE REAM CHANGE FOR ART SUBMISSIONS: Due to the huge expense of shipping, the top ten winning artists in the 2023 Vinnie Ream Medal competition will NOT be required to send in their work for an exhibition; rather, this exhibition will be handled virtually, possibly as a presentation to be shown at the 2024 Biennial. Guidelines for the Vinnie Ream can be found here:

Next FSA Conference Planning Meeting

Saturday, March 25, via Zoom

9 a.m. Eastern, 8 a.m. Central

Contact President Janie Owens if you wish to participate:

Select 2023 Conference at the top to read the January Shout-Out with Conference costs information; the February Shout-Out for planned workshops; and the March Shout-Out for the Conference speakers..

Theme: Our Creative World.

Contest open to any FSA member  in good standing.

Logo must be easy to reproduce. (Keep it simple.)

If you win, your logo will appear on absolutely everything!

2023 Conference

When and Where?

October 26-28, 2023

The Shores Hotel, Daytona Beach


Why come?


The value of getting together cannot be overestimated.


We should take advantage of the opportunities we have, and prioritize time for camaraderie, creativity, and collaboration.

Our conferences are a time of joyfully renewing friendships, becoming inspired, and learning.


What do people say?

“We all have talked to people around our beautiful-but-large-state.

It’s cool when we finally get to put a face to a name.”  Jan Schaberg

“An FSA Conference offers attendees a mass dose of creative energy

with its guest speakers and informative workshops.” Nikki Strahota

“There’s an excitement and momentum that catches you up at conferences, and you have the most fun and stimulating time being with talented women in workshops, at meals, and during leisure time. It just does you a ‘world of good’ as the saying goes.” Karen Morris

“I can’t wait for the next conference in 2023! It seems like so long ago that we all got together and made new friends. In 2019 I enjoyed watching the full moon rise over the fire pit with the Pensacola group.” ~Mary Ann Miller


When our Pensacola group arrived in the lobby for our first NLAPW/FSA conference in 2017, we found smiling faces and arms outstretched! It was an amazing reception and unforgettable feeling of love and friendship! There is a vibe or essence that transcends the norm and you know you are home with friends! An unforgettable experience! ~Mara Viksnins

“At the last conference, I connected with many talented women, and one connection sparked a collaboration with someone from another branch that's leading to a presentation in the upcoming conference.  Connect-Collaborate-Create. That's what the conference is all about.” ~ Pat Black-Gould


“There's something for every Creative to learn and experience at the conferences -- besides the laughter and memories you'll carry home.”     ~Janie Owens


“The state conference is like Alice’s ‘Wonderland, where you can ‘surround yourself with people who make your heart smile’ and you can celebrate and learn.”  ~Wilma Davidson

“After hearing from and reading about Pen Women from all around Florida, the conferences are your one opportunity to meet in person, witness the members’ creativity with your own eyes and ears, and make lasting friendships.  Meeting face-to-face is a whole different experience.” ~Caroline McKeon


Founded in 1897, the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of professional women in Arts, Letters, and Music.  Its mission is to support and promote creative excellence and professional standards among women in the arts. Visit the National website at

The Florida State Association (FSA) is a nonprofit umbrella organization that includes all Florida branches and Members at Large. FSA facilitates communication among its members in Florida and provides a connection among branches. It serves to support and promote NLAPW events and its members across the state.

Every other year, we hold a statewide conference offering professional workshops, competitions in Art, Letters, and Music, and opportunities for collegial interaction. Information regarding our upcoming 2023 state conference will appear here when it becomes available.

Learn about the National organization by clicking the button below.

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