International Literary Translation & Creative Writing Summer School

International Literary Translation & Creative Writing Summer School

International Literary Translation & Creative Writing Summer School, 23 – 29 July 2017

Delivered by the British Centre for Literary Translation in partnership with Writers’ Centre Norwich

The Summer School brings together writers and translators for an intensive, one-week, residential programme of hands-on translation and creative writing practice.

For language-specific workshops, groups work on a collaborative translation with the author in residence and workshop leader.

For translators working from any other languages there are two multilingual workshops, one for poetry and one for prose. These are designed for translators working from any language into English.

All workshops are designed to encourage collaboration and peer learning in a small group setting.

During the week, the workshops will be complemented by plenary sessions, which will have a particular focus on the publishing industry, and how publishers and translators work together.

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Deadline 14th May 2017 – although we will be reviewing applications periodically before this date and may choose a proportion of successful participants prior to this deadline.

Confirmed workshops available in 2017:

  • Bengali to English workshop – Led by Arunava Sinha with writer Sirsho Bandopadhyay
  • English to Spanish workshop – Led by Lucila Cordone with writer Giles Foden
  • German to English workshop – Led by Katy Derbyshire with writer Esther Kinsky
  • Korean to English workshop – Led by Elmer Luke
  • Lithuanian to English workshop – Led by Jura Avizienis
  • Multilingual Prose workshop, translating into English – Led by Daniel Hahn
  • Multilingual Poetry workshop, translating into English  – TBC
  • Spanish to English workshop – Led by Anne McLean with writer Vera Giaconi

Korean workshop applicants

In 2017, the Korean-English workshop will focus on the editing of translations and strengthening links with the UK publishing industry. The workshop is open to participants from previous Korean workshops at the Summer School, other LTI Korea graduates and anyone else who’s interested and has the relevant experience and aptitude.

During the workshop, each participant will share a translation in progress with the group, and the participants will work as a group to give editorial feedback. The workshop leader is Elmer Luke, an experienced editor who specialises in Japanese literature translated into English. By the end of the week, participants in the Korean workshop will have produced and polished extracts in translation, which can then be used to promote the Korean writers to UK and other English-language publishers.

If applying for the Korean workshop, you must submit an excerpt of up to 1,000 words of a draft translation of a short story or an extract from a novel by a contemporary Korean writer who has not yet been published in English. In your application, please explain why you have selected this author and this piece, and how you think it would be received in the English-language market.

Lithuanian workshop applicants

If applying for the Lithuanian workshop, download sample translation piece and return an English translation with the application form.


Bursaries available for Lithuanian and German workshops:

The Lithuanian Culture Institute are funding five x £700 full residential bursaries for the most promising applications to the Summer School. All applicants to the Lithuanian workshop will be considered – there is no separate application process.

The Goethe Institut are funding 2 x partial scholarships for the most promising applications to the Summer School. All applicants to the German workshop will be considered – there is no separate application process.


There are two packages to choose from:

Residential Package – £700 including all tuition, accommodation for 6 nights on the beautiful UEA campus in a single en-suite room, breakfast, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch and dinner.

  • There will be a mixture of buffet style dinners and more formal 3-course meals with wine.
  • Wednesday will be a free afternoon and evening where afternoon refreshments and evening dinner are not included.


Non-residential Package – £275 including all tuition, morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch.

  • The non-residential package includes opening and closing evening dinners with wine.
  • Wednesday is a free afternoon and evening where afternoon refreshments are not included.

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Supporters of the Summer School 2017

Summer School 2017 gratefully acknowledges the support of Writers’ Centre NorwichUniversity of East AngliaArts Council EnglandGoethe-InstitutLTI KoreaLithuanian Culture Institute and the Arts & Humanities Research Council.