The Slovene Writers’ Association was originally founded on 21 April 1872 in Ljubljana on the initiative of Josip Vošnjak. Intially the Association brought together 52 Slovene writers with the aim of establishing monuments and supporting writers and their families.

The Association was dissolved in 1915 by the Austrian authorities, but re-established in 1920.

From 1945 the Association was a member of the Writers’ Association of Yugoslavia.

In the early 1980s the Association became more involved in social questions, particularly issues concerning nationality, creative freedom and political pluralism. In 1989 the Association broke its contact with the the Writers’ Association of Yugoslavia and in 1990 officially resigned from it.

Davorin Trstenjak

Davorin Trstenjak

The Presidents:

Davorin Trstenjak
Rajko Perušek
Anton Funtek
Alojz Gradnik
Oton Župančič
France Koblar Miško Kranjec (two mandates)
France Bevk (two mandates)
Ivan Potrč (two mandates)
Mile Klopčič
Beno Zupančič
Matej Bor
Anton Ingolič
Mira Mihelič
Janez Menart
Ciril Kosmač
Tone Pavček
Tone Partljič
Rudi Šeligo
Dane Zajc
Evald Flisar (three mandates)
Tone Peršak
Vlado Žabot (two mandates)
Slavko Pregl
Milan Jesih
Veno Taufer
Ivo Svetina
Aksinja Kermauner (current president)