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OSTI Multi-Language Literary Translation Workshop

  • April 19, 2020
  • May 30, 2020
  • Online
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OSTI Multi-Language Literary Translation Workshop

  (6 weeks)



Open to translators working from any language into English


Approved for 6 ATA CEs (continuing education credits)


Are you interested in literary translation? Could you use extra support or feedback to develop a project in progress or to finally start that literary translation you’ve always dreamt of doing? Do you find yourself more isolated than ever as a literary translator? Do days or weeks go by when you've only talked to your plants or cats?


Join Allison A. deFreese and literary translators from around the world for this fun, collaborative, interactive six-week workshop through the Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters (OSTI)!

This workshop, open to both emerging and established literary translators, will provide you with the opportunity to workshop your choice of 1 of the following in each of 3 workshopping sessions (for example, you can submit poetry in one of the workshopping sessions and prose in another):

  • Up to 3 pages of poetry (maximum 9 pages overall)
  • Up to 5 pages of short fiction or nonfiction in progress (typed, double spaced in 12-point font) (maximum 15 pages overall)
  • OR Revise and receive feedback on a single longer piece as your focus for the course (up to 15 pages total, typed and double spaced in 12-point font; length to be agreed with the instructor)
  • OSTI's Literary Translation Workshop includes readings, online discussions about literary translation and best practice, as well as translation practice and critiques of work in progress (on alternate weeks).


  • Workshop Schedule:


  • Week I, April 19–25, 2020  Class introductions and Readings in Literary Translation Theory (Live Session 1, Setting Goals)


  • Week II, April 26–May 2, 2020  Literary Workshop 1: Submit a literary translation in progress and receive feedback from the facilitator and peers


  • Week III, May 3–9, 2020  Revisions of work from Week 1; Readings in Literary Translation Theory and Best Practice (Live Session 2, Reading and Discussion of Your Work in Progress)


  • Week IV,  May 10–16, 2020  Literary Workshop 2: Submit a literary translation in progress, or your revision of the work you submitted Week II, and receive feedback from facilitator and peers


  • Week V, May 17–23, 2020  Revisions of work from Week 2; Readings in Literary Translation Theory and Best Practice


  • Week VI,  May 24–30, 2020  Literary Workshop 3: Submit a literary translation in progress, or your revision of the work you submitted Week IV, and receive feedback from facilitator and peers (Live Session 3, Reading and Discussion of Your Work in Progress)


  • FORMAT: Weekly online discussions, live sessions, workshops of work in progress, reading of work in progress, revisions, and readings in translation theory


  • FEEDBACK: Online workshop collaboration and feedback from peers with instructor feedback.


    Questions? Please email Allison at alasverdestranslationnw (at) gmail . com.

  • Continuing education credit: Approved for 6 ATA CEs

    Bio: Allison A. deFreese, MA, MFA, MAIT, is a Portland-based literary translator and poet. Her work has appeared in WaxwingCrazyhorse, and Asymptote. She has several book-length literary translations forthcoming in 2020, among them María Negroni’s genre-defying collection Elegy for Joseph Cornell (Dublin, June 2020) and Soaring to New Heights (Fresno, April 2020), the autobiography of NASA astronaut José Moreno Hernández who previously worked as a child migrant farmworker and was the first person to speak Spanish from outer space. Allison A. deFreese's translation of Verónica González Arredondo's book I Am Not That Body, a work addressing immigration and the disappearances of girls and women making the journey to the U.S. Border, won the 2020 Pub House Press (Quebec) international chapbook manuscript competition and is also forthcoming this June.



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