DATE OF CREATION
Estonian Writers’ Union as a professional association of writers and literary critics was founded on October 8, 1922 at Tallinn Town Hall. The number of its members at the time was 33 and by 1940 the membership had increased by 20 more people. During the first independence period of Estonia the chairmanship of the creative union was held by Friedebert Tuglas, Eduard Hubel (Mait Metsanurk), Karl Ast (Rumor), Henrik Visnapuu and August Jakobson.
When Estonia had been incorporated into the Soviet Union, an organizing committee of the Estonian Soviet Writers’ Union (chairman August Jakobson) began to operate in October 1943. On October 8 and 9, 1943 a founding conference took place in Moscow, where the board, presidium and the chairman of the new union were elected. The Moscow-born association of Estonian writers was called Estonian Soviet Writers’ Union until 1958, later it became the Writers’ Union of the Estonian SSR. Since the founding conference it has been chaired by Johannes Vares-Barbarus, August Jakobson, Johannes Semper, Juhan Smuul, Paul Kuusberg and Vladimir Beekman.
The professional association of writers in Estonia started to call itself Estonian Writers’ Union again in 1991. From 1995 until 2004 EWU was chaired by Mati Sirkel, after that it was chaired by Jan Kaus (2004-2007) and Karl Martin Sinijärv (2007-2016). Currently the chairman of EWU is Tiit Aleksejev (since April 2016).
In October 2000 Estonian Writers’ Union Abroad decided to dissolve itself and its former members were in corpore accepted as members of Estonian Writers’ Union. A section of EWU was founded in Stockholm (chaired by Karin Saarsen-Karlstedt) in addition to the section in Tartu (chaired by Janika Kronberg, Piret Bristol and currently by Berk Vaher).
In April 2017 EWU has a membership of 313 writers, literary translators, critics and researchers both in Estonia and worldwide.
From 1992 on Estonian Writers’ Union is the member of the European Writers’ Council.
THE LITERARY TRANSLATORS’ SECTION
The Literary Translators’ Section of The Estonian Writers’ Union was founded on April 5, 2012 in Tallinn uniting Estonian literary translators.
The aims of the Translators’ Section are as follows:
• to advance Estonian translation culture
• to improve the translating skills of literary translators
• to increase the appreciation of literary translation in our society
• to protect the professional interests of literary translators
• to develop the cooperation of literary translators both in Estonia and on international level
The translators belonging to the Estonian Writers’ Union will be given membership of the section when they apply for it. Other translators must submit a signed application to the board of the section with the list of published translations (at least six translated fiction or popular science titles) and two references (one preferably by an editor the translator has worked with). The admission of an applicant will be decided by the board of the section with a simple majority.
Karl Martin Sinijärv
ADDRESS & CONTACT
Harju 1, Tallinn 10146, Estonia
Phone (+372) 627 64 10, (+372) 627 64 11
Fax (+372) 627 64 14
EWU Translators’ section
Vaata kodulehekülge: www.ekl.ee/tolkijad
Harju 1, 10146 Tallinn
Tõlkijate sektsiooni esimees: Ilona Martson
Tõlkijate sektsiooni juhatus: Heli Allik, Adam Cullen, Eva Kolli ja Triinu Tamm