The role of this committee is to set up a pilot group to prepare and organize the “Rencontres des maisons d'écrivain et des patrimoines littéraires.” every two years. It also establishes a thematic programme for the coming years. In collaboration with the Publications committee, it designs the proceedings and the promotion documents for the conference.
The last "Rencontres" took place on November 19, 20 and 21, 2010 in Bourges and at the Noirlac Abbey on the topic: the written works and the writer’s house.
Person in charge: Jacques Mény
This committee controls the edition of the newsletter (“Bulletin d’informations”) twice a year and all publications related to the Federation’s works. For the time being, it is working on the proceedings of the "Rencontres" 2008 (Receiving the public in literary places) and other projects like the publication of a new edition of the map of the French writers’ houses, and so on…
Person in charge : Patrick Maunand
The first aim of this committee is to manage the website of the Federation, which is the information, exchange and promotion tool of literary places and collections, and also of the Federation’s activities. The second one is to organize the networking of members. It is thinking about a cooperation with other European countries, particularly in order to set up a real network for European writers' houses on the web. Last year a forum (for members only) was set up and the committee is currently preparing a monthly newsletter with direct links to the website and a new chapter entitled Activities for all.
Person in charge : Florence Lignac
This committee aims at promoting the relationship between writers’ houses and literary places which develop educational activities with their counterparts in the National Education service. Last year, it published a Guide of educational activities: directions for use, composed of a series of technical slides about the possible supports, the institutional framework and how to prepare an educational project in a writer’s house. This guide will shortly be readable on this website.
It is currently working on the publication on the website of slides regarding specific activities for students and probation periods for students and teachers proposed by the members of the Federation. The committee also studies the new general lines issued by the Ministry of Education concerning artistic and cultural education.
Person in charge : Michèle Gorenc
This committee is working in three directions:
Person in charge : Jacques Mény
This committee was born in 2003 and received positive answers from our foreign counterparts for participating at the “Rencontres” 2004. Since then, an active cooperation is going on with Spain and Portugal. The Federation has links with several places abroad: Dr Johnson’s House in London, the Latvian Literature Centre in Riga, the Petöfi Museum in Budapest which works for the promotion of the Hungarian literary patrimony (website: http://www.emlekhazak.hu), the Literature House of Quebec which became a member in 2008. Other projects for the promotion of the French writers’ houses abroad are in work: since 2009 the Federation is participating to the European network set up by ALG, our German neighbour. It is also member of the International Committee of Literary Museums.
In 2010 it organized, in partnership with Russia, a great exhibition about French and Russian writers' houses in Moscow.
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This committee was set up at the end of 2007. Its first mission: to pilot a study about the visitors of writers’ houses and literary places in France. This (qualitative) study about the public’s motivations was conducted in 2008 with twelve voluntary houses. The (quantitative) inquiry about the number of visitors in such places has been run at the same time. The results of both were published for the “Xth Rencontres de Bourges”.
This committee then collected information about activities proposed to the visitors (except pupils), to put them at the disposal of tourists and literary places’ managers on this site. It now works on the opportunity for the Federation to help the small writers’ houses to provide their shops through grouped orders, on means to improve the visit of the literary place, and on the French label Qualité Tourisme.
Person in charge: Hervé Joubeaux.
Last committee, created in 2009, to precise the position of the Federation regarding the regional networks initiated by local public authorities in France and to think about the opportunity for the Federation to create regional structures. It proposed a modification of the Federation’s statutes and a general project for regional statutes which were adopted by the special general assembly on April 23, 2010.
Person in charge : Jean-Claude Ragot
In order to reach all its aims and to meet the needs of its members, the Federation fosters cooperation between literary places and organizes study and discovery trips in the writers’ houses along with its general meeting: