The Dutch Association of Writers and Translators (Vereniging van Schrijvers en Vertalers – VSenV) organizes Dutch writers of many kinds (from novelists and screen writers to poets and children’s authors) and literary translators.

Started in 1905 as Vereniging van Letterkundigen (VvL), somewhat restricted to the “literary field”, it reconstituted itself in 1998 as VSenV, an umbrella organization covering three departments: the “old” VvL (with working groups for translators, children’s authors, etc.), the Network of Screenwriters (film, television, and new media) and the FreeLancers Association (freelance journalists and contributors to newspapers etc.).

The VSenV serves both the individual and the collective interests of authors. It assists individual authors in matters of copyright, including bringing cases to court, if necessary. In the collective field the VSenV and its departments negotiate with their respective partners, from publishers to producers and government ministries, in some cases resulting in standard agreements. After agreeing initial “guidelines” for literary books in 1961, authors and publishers entered into the first standard contracts for both writers and translators in 1973 (many times updated since). In later years standard agreements followed for screen writers working in public broadcasting and for playwrights. Go to the VvL website for the English texts of two of the standard contracts.

In the past hundred years several other organizations have been founded as a result of the work of our Association. These include the Dutch Literary Fund, the Translators’ House and the Dutch Collecting Society LIRA.

The VSenV is a member of the European Writers’ Congress (EWC).
The VvL is a member of CEATL (Conseil Européen des Associations de Traducteurs Littéraires) and IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People).
The Network of Screenwriters is a member of FSE (Federation of Scriptwriters in Europe).

Vereniging van Schrijvers en Vertalers
De Lairessestraat 125
1075 HH  Amsterdam, Netherlands
T +31 (0)20 6240803
F 31 (0)20 6247755