The Iranian Association of Writers for Children and Youth is a non-governmental organization and independent legal entity. The Association was established in 1999 by a founder board whose members were 9 writers of children’s and young adult literature.
After eighteen years, the number of members has reached 500. Members include fiction writers, poets, translators, scholars, critics, and journalists of children’s and young adult literature and culture.
This Association is the most comprehensive and extensive formation of the kind in Iran.
Protecting the independent identity and the moral and financial rights of writers.
Creating an effective relation between children’s writers with organizations, publishers, associations, civil institutes, and cultural centers in Iran and other countries. Providing the possibility of meeting foreign experts and writers.
Issuing declarations in order to express the Association’s stance regarding events that concern children’s and young adult writers.
Designing projects related to children’s and young adult literature and joining other organs to launch movements in this field.
Improving children’s and young adult literature both in quality and quantity by holding meetings, workshops and cultural activities.
The Iranian Association of Writers for Children and Youth was established because children’s and young adult writers wanted it to and acts according to its statute, which is accepted by all members. The General Assembly holds the most power in the Iranian Association of Writers for Children and Youth and is normally held once a year. The Association Board is elected every 2 years by members in the General Assembly.
The Association Board consists of 7 premier and 3 alternate members and the Investigating Panel is composed of 3 members and 2 alternate members.
The active Association committees are:
Public Affairs Committee is focused on the relation between the Association on the one hand and the members, the press, centers and government institutions on the other. The website of the Iranian Association of Writers for Children and Youth called “Nevisak “and information networks in cyberspace are among the tools used by the Public Affairs Committee.
International Committee is in charge of communication with foreign NGOs and centers related to children’s and young adult literature with similar activities as that of the Association.
Legal Committee reviews members’ complaints regarding their differences with publishers.
Education Committee is in charge of holding training courses.
Welfare Committee sets up trips to provide opportunities for furthering friendship and communication among authors. Creating interest-free funds, helping writers get complementary insurance, and helping them get their works published are other responsibilities of the Welfare Committee.
Other undertakings of the Association include forming workshops for writing stories, science-fiction, dramatic literature, etc. and holding special meetings.
The Association is funded with membership dues, voluntary contributions, donations, financial gifts, and income-generating projects related to books and children’s literature.
Any citizen of the Islamic Republic of Iran who has published books in the field of children’s literature (with the conditions listed in the statute) and believes in one of the official religions can be a permanent member of the Association.
The Association of Writers for Children and Youth welcomes the membership of new writers and relations with cultural and artistic centers within or without the country.
Address: NO. 46, Parvaneh Alley,
Between Forsat and Mofateh Street,
Web Site: www.nevisak.ir