Translating Literature for Absolute Beginners


Learn to translate literature into English in this workshop designed for writers with even just a simple understanding of a foreign language.

Remote Instruction
As few as 1 day

What you can learn.

  • Learn different approaches to completing a translation project
  • Compare and discuss multiple translations of one work
  • Get an overview of the translation field
  • Practice translating work in a supportive and knowledgeable environment

About this course:

This workshop is geared to writers with little or no experience translating foreign-language literature into English, but would like to try. You need not be fluent or even a comfortable speaker to get started, but need a working knowledge of a non-English language (at least the equivalent of a semester or two of a language). In this workshop, you get a sense of different approaches and theories around translation by comparing multiple translations of the same work. We discuss the contemporary translation landscape in the US and how you can contribute to it. You also gain tips and resources on the practice of translation itself. Students have the opportunity to practice translating in a supportive community of peers.

Summer 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses meet regularly and are fully online. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Wait List
Saturday 10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Elisa Wouk Almino
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Enrollment limited to 15 students. Early enrollment advised. Internet access required.  

To support our writing community during the developing Covid-19 situation, the Writers’ Program will be offering this one-day Summer quarter course for FREE.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.

Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Sat Jul 11, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
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