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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 5 Weeks

Literary Translation

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  • $355.00 Non-Member
  • $340.00 Member

Class Description

In this workshop, you will learn what it means to translate a literary text and what distinguishes a successful translation from a failed one. You will complete various translation challenges, both in class and at home, into English from your language of choice as well as from a language you are not familiar with. You will learn about important theories of literary translation and develop a strong appreciation for language and the revision process of creative writing. We’ll also discuss magazines that might be a good venue for your work. This workshop is open to anyone interested in literary translation. Authors and translators whose work we will study include: Willis Barnstone, Michael Hofmann, Paul Valery, Richmond Lattimore, Walter Benjamin, Rosanna Warren, Sappho (Greek), Julia Gjika or Luljeta Lleshanaku (Albanian), Eugenio Montale (Italian), Arthur Rimbaud (French), Anna Akhmatova (Russian). By the end of this course, you will have completed at least two pieces of your choice and revised them with a view to publication. Command of another language other than English is preferred, but not required.

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply, click the "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button in the top right corner of this page. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your scholarship application and await our Scholarship Committee's decision before registering for the class. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!