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About Us

In the vibrant city of Jakarta, on June 28, 2014, IDWRITERS came to life—a testament to our unwavering dedication to Indonesian literature. This significant date, now celebrated annually, marks the birth of a literary endeavor that has grown into a cherished platform.

From the quiet inception of a private beta version in January 2014, IDWRITERS officially emerged six months later as a literary project. Powered by the WordPress engine—enriched with Genesis framework snippets—, our platform unfolded into a comprehensive library of resources.

IDWRITERS stands as a dedicated showcase for Indonesian writers and book authors, presenting their publications, journals, and literary works in English. At its core, the Writer’s Directory acts as a connective tissue, fostering a sense of community among writers and serving as a vital resource for event hosts, literary organizers, arts administrators, librarians, booksellers, and readers globally.

The genesis of IDWRITERS was sparked by the noticeable void in resources dedicated to Indonesian literature, particularly those accessible to the international community. This necessity gained heightened significance with Indonesia’s designation as the Guest of Honour at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair.

As a not-for-profit and self-funded project, IDWRITERS operates independently of specific authors, publishers, government bodies, or literary agencies. Information in our directory is primarily provided by the writers themselves or sourced from reputable platforms like Goodreads and Amazon.

On January 29, 2015, IDWRITERS stepped into the public limelight at Goethe-Institut Jakarta, marking the official introduction of our literary sanctuary to the world. This public release is just the beginning of our narrative.

Welcome to our literary haven! Our Writer’s Directory is more than a connection point for writers; it’s a dynamic resource hub for event hosts, international organizers, literary enthusiasts, librarians, booksellers, and readers. Dive into the HOME FOR INDONESIAN WRITERS, where we shatter language barriers, propelling Indonesian literature to global prominence.

At IDWRITERS, we are more than a platform; It’s a manifestation of a vision, fueled by the relentless pursuit of promoting Indonesian literary treasures; a home where voices are heard, stories unfold, and a literary community thrives.

Embracing Our Roots:
IDWRITERS stands as a proud home for Indonesian writers, providing a dedicated space to showcase their brilliance. We celebrate the diversity and depth of our literary heritage, fostering a sense of belonging for writers to share their unique voices.

Global Platform, Local Essence:
As a “Home for Indonesian Writers,” our reach extends beyond borders. While we proudly shine a spotlight on Indonesian literature for the world to discover, we remain deeply rooted in our local essence, connecting writers with a global audience.

Led by Publisher/Founding Editor Valent Mustamin, IDWRITERS is a passionate initiative with a rich history of collaboration (see Acknowledgment).

About Us

Ready to dive into the magic of our writer's directory? It's not just a cool space for writers to connect; it's like the ultimate toolkit for event hosts, lit organizers, artsy souls, librarians, book nerds, and everyone curious about Indonesian writers. Think of it as the cozy HOME for INDONESIAN WRITERS, where we're on a mission to smash those pesky language barriers holding back Indonesian books and lit from taking over the world. Read more!

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