FORUM LINGKAR PENA
It is God’s gift for Indone
Writers in Indonesia are numerous. In the last decade Indonesia is enlivened by the emerging of writers under 30 years old and the growth of literature pouches in Jakarta and many other cities.
One of those considered as phenomenal was the rise of Forum Lingkar Pena (FLP) in 1997. In a relatively short time, this organization with branches in almost 30 provinces and overseas had about 5000 members which most of them were females.
During six years since it was established, this writer organization had published more than 200 books which mostly were serious literary works, teen fictions, and child stories. Neither persons nor institutions ever supported sponsorship for FLP. This autonomy allowed FLP to write with its consciences. Tempo newspaper, one of commanding Medias in Indonesia, called FLP as a ‘Story Writer Manufacturer’!
“One of those considered as phenomenal was the rise of Forum Lingkar Pena (FLP) in 1997. During six years since it was established, this writer organization had published more than 200 books.”
‘Ayat-Ayat Cinta’ novel written by Habibburahman El Shirazy, a member of FLP. It was said to publish its 30th printing and conquered best seller book records in South East Asia.
FLP is an inclusive organization. Its membership is opened for everybody regardless their ethnicity or religion. A majority members of FLP is actually muslim, however, their Islamic understandings are various. There are some non-muslims joining FLP. Nevertheless, FLP members share the same intentions: to share a light with their readers and consider that writing activities are parts of religious services.
There were young writers and writers’ candidates subsequently to be FLP administrators. While there were no administrators yet in some local regions, there were always FLP correspondents. The FLP administration networks, in forms of branches and correspondences, spread widely in 29 points across Indonesia and 13 points in overseas.
The youngest FLP member currently is 7 years old and the oldest is 65 years old, although majority of them are 15-25 years old.
“The FLP administration networks, in form of branches and correspondences, spread widely in 29 points across Indonesia and 13 points in overseas”.
In the last five years, numerous awards were achieved by FLP members, including reputable awards such as Adikarya Ikapi, Khatulistiwa Award, while some are even selected to be a member of Mastera Award (South East Literature Council) program.
FLP Strategic Plan in 2009 – 2013
As the highest decision making forum in organization (article 12 of FLP Statute), National Meeting II FLP 2009 decided to adhere to its former Vision and Mission, they are:
An Organization which strives to enlighten readers through writings
a. Improving work quality and productivity of its member as important contributions for society.
b. Building writers networks which produce high quality and educating works.
c. Improving reading and writing cultures in society
d. Advocate for a better life for writers.
Thus, Central Administration Body (Badan Pengurus Pusat) translates FLP’s vision and mission into organization structure, its strategic plans and programs.
Objectives of FLP
1. Being a national class writer organization with Islamic identity derived from Indonesian socio-culture.
2. Being an organization with good management, able to be autonomous and giving optimum benefit for the organization itself and its members.
Goals of FLP
1. The goals established for being a national class writer organization with Islamic identity derived from Indonesian socio-culture:
a. Forming formulas of Islamic missionary endeavor literature based on Indonesian socio-culture
b. Achieving national cooperating networks with writer communities, publishers, critics and literature activists.
c. Improving FLP roles in literature problem solving, educating and enlightenment of humanity based on Indonesian socio-culture.
d. Achieving FLP roles in literature and cultural research activities, Islamic and missionary endeavor researches based on Indonesian socio-culture
e. Achieving middle membership leveling for twenty five percent of FLP members.
2. The goals for being an organization with good management, able to be autonomous and giving optimum benefit for the organization itself and its members:
a. Completed forum notarial deed or organizational profession, completed FLP logo patent right
b. Completed system operational procedure of organization
c. Produced financial reports based on accounting standard for autonomous organization.
d. Achieving some pilot business managed by BPP FLP
e. Achieving continuous improvements of cooperation capacities and business developments with external parties.