Founding Friends

As a member of Founding Friends, you can join PEN/Faulkner for a series of six lunch-time gatherings with prominent writers held in exquisite private homes. Run by former board member Willee Lewis, our Founding Friends program supports PEN/Faulkner’s mission to celebrate literature and foster connections between readers and writers, including our education programs, which provide author visits, free books, and writing instruction to low-income DC schools.

Donors who contribute $500 or more per individual, or $1000 or more per couple, are invited to attend our Founding Friends events. Memberships are non-transferable. Renewals are annual.

PEN/Faulkner is honored to have the steadfast support of the DC Scottish Rite, which has been essential to the ongoing success of our Founding Friends program.


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Founding Friend

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6218 Georgia Avenue NW
Unit #1062
Washington, DC 20011

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Notable Authors and Books

PEN/Faulkner’s Founding Friends luncheons have featured a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction authors, including Marie Arana, Louis Bayard, Jack Bray, Jean Case, Lauren Francis-Sharma, Thomas L. Friedman, Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Kate Lehrer, Thomas Mallon, Jane Mayer, Molly McCloskey, Edna O’Brien, Deborah Tannen, Jake Tapper, and Eric Weiner, among many others.

Your Support Matters

Your support makes our programs possible. Please consider a contribution. Thank you.


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PEN/Faulkner Foundation
6218 Georgia Avenue NW
Unit #1062
Washington, DC 20011

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(202) 898-9063

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