I loved teaching in the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference in 2016, and was delighted when they asked me back to teach again in 2018, this time running the Introductory Workshop designed for newcomers to translation. Here’s the official blurb on my workshop from the Bread Loaf website:
This workshop is ideal for those interested in literary translation who are still acquiring sufficient proficiency in a foreign language, those who do have some language skills but do not yet have a translation sample to submit for critique, students of literature, comparative literature, and creative writing, and teachers who are interested in learning how to incorporate translation into the classroom. The purpose of the workshop will be to acquaint participants with some of the recurring questions, problems, and pleasures of the activity of literary translation. Students will be provided with literary texts from different genres and languages and expected to create translations that will be reviewed in class.
For more experienced practitioners, Bread Loaf also offers manuscript workshops in prose and poetry for which one submits work in advance. The manuscript workshops will be taught this year by Mónica de la Torre, Kazim Ali, Sora Kim-Russell, and Bill Johnston. The dates are June 1 – 7, 2018; the place the Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College in Ripton, Vermont. Besides the workshop leaders, there will also be a number of guests (TBA) from the worlds of translating, editing, and publishing, giving talks and offering one-on-one consultations. Last year’s schedule will give you an idea of what awaits. (Update: here are the scheduled guests for 2018: John Donatich, Director, Yale University Press; Katie Dublinski, Associate Publisher, Graywolf Press; Markus Hoffmann, Co-owner, Regal Hoffmann & Associates LLC; Tynan Kogane, Editor, New Directions; Carolyn Kuebler, Editor, New England Review; and Chad W. Post, Publisher, Open Letter.)
It’s gorgeous up in Vermont, and Bread Loaf is set among beautiful hilly woodlands filled with hiking trails (including one that leads to Robert Frost’s cabin down the road). The food served in the dining hall is wholesome and good, and the conference offers a friendly, convivial atmosphere – including the chance to mingle with participants in the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference – there are joint readings, and all meals are served in the big communal dining room (and yes, you can also just sit by yourself in a corner if that’s what you prefer).
Applications for Summer 2018 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.