I had a wonderful (if busy) time at the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference in Ripton, Vermont last year – my second time teaching in their intensive weeklong translation boot camp – and recommend it highly to translators who could use a week of input and feedback to bring their translation practice to the next level. The week includes four days of workshops, plus lectures, craft classes, and chances to meet with a range of visitors from the translation publishing world, all while hanging out in a gorgeous part of the country with beautiful hikes and woodland strolls in every direction. I love the place.
If you want to apply, you’ll choose between “manuscript workshops” in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction for more experienced practitioners and the introductory workshop for beginners or those who feel they’re still close enough to starting out that a nuts and bolts workshop makes more sense than getting their own work critiqued. The faculty next summer will include John Balcom, Edward Gauvin, Elisabeth Jaquette, Suzanne Jill Levine, and Emily Wilson, and the dates are May 31 – June 6, 2019. The guests will include Chris Fischbach, Publisher, Coffee House Press; Markus Hoffmann, Co-owner, Regal Hoffmann & Associates LLC; Tynan Kogane, Editor, New Directions; Carolyn Kuebler, Editor, New England Review; Yana Makuwa, Editorial Assistant, Graywolf Press; Chad W. Post, Publisher, Open Letter; Olivia E. Sears, Founder, Center for the Art of Translation and Two Lines; and Matvei Yankelevich, Editor, Ugly Duckling Presse.
As an added bonus, the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference takes place concurrently – there are joint readings, and all meals are served in the big communal dining room, so there are many opportunities for conviviality. (Yes, you can also just sit by yourself in a corner if that’s what you prefer).
Applications for the 5th Annual Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference/ Summer 2019 are open now and being read on a rolling basis until Feb. 15, but certain workshops may fill up before that time, so get your application in soon if you’re interested. To apply, and for information on fees and scholarship aid, visit the Bread Loaf website.