Playing With Language: Revision Strategies Through Literary Translation (with Liz Bedell) - ONLINE
All writers translate. We translate inchoate, ephemeral thoughts and images into words, and then, when we’re lucky, onto the page. Literary translation is at its heart an act of close reading, with attunement to word choice, tone, subtext and cultural context – familiar and essential concerns for any creative writer. In this workshop, we’ll play with words, via short exercises and writing prompts that will illuminate the process of literary translation and the ways in which it can be both a generative experiment and a tool for revising one’s own work. No knowledge of a foreign language is necessary to take part in this session, but please do bring a poem or a couple of paragraphs from a piece that you are struggling to rework. All levels/genres. Limited to 12 writers.
WHEN: Saturday, April 10th (3 - 5pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
LIZ BEDELL's recently completed novel, The Space Between, was shortlisted in the 2019 William Faulkner William Wisdom Competition, Novel-in-Progress category. She is a co-editor of Embody, a weekly feature column at The Maine Review. She holds an MFA Fiction and Translation from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and an MA in English from Middlebury College. She writes and teaches in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts.
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