The International Writers’ House in Beirut is a not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors made up of five members and guided by an international Literary Committee.
The organization has the following objectives:
- Organize annual thematic meetings where international writers meet with the public to reflect and debate around literature that comes from two worlds, literary work in multilingual cultures, and that of minorities.
- Publish a literary magazine where authors will be commissioned to provide new text to be published in their original language and in translation to Arabic, French and English.
- Promote academic research through organizing, every other year, academic meetings on the subjects of immigrant literature, “Europhone” Literature – literature written in European languages outside of Europe, and modernity literature.
The project of an International Writers’ House in Beirut differs from that of a writers’ residency and must be distinguished from it, even though both may converge at some point. A Writers’ House is not a place where writers live or reside in order to write. The commonly accepted meaning that applies to the Writers’ House herein refers to an organization seeking to regularly gather writers in public meetings and on specific topics.