Participants of the congress in the hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace at the first meeting. In government boxes: K. E. Voroshilov, N. S. Khrushchev, A. I. Mikoyan, M. A. Suslov, A. I. Kirichenko, F. R. Kozlov, O. V. Kuusinen, N. M. Shvernik, E. I. Furtseva and others. On the podium: writers K. A. Fedin, L. S. Sobolev, S. P. Shchipachev, A. T. Tvardovsky, A. A. Surkov and others. The meeting is chaired by K. A. Fedin. Election of the secretariat of the congress, credentials and editorial commissions. NS Tikhonov makes a proposal to elect the Presidium of the Central Committee of the CPSU to the honorary presidium of the congress. Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee P. N. Pospelov reads out a greeting to the congress from the Politburo of the CPSU Central Committee for the RSFSR. The report is made by the chairman of the organizing committee of the Writers' Union of the RSFSR LS Sobolev (synchronously excerpts from the report).