Events of interest to translators and interpreters in the Northwest United States.
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Upcoming events

    • 21 Mar 2018
    • 22 Aug 2018
    • 23 sessions
    • Online

    Online English > Russian Exam Prep for the ATA Certification Exam

    Elena Bogdanovich Werner will be teaching her second course to help English-into- Russian translators pass the challenging ATA certification exam.

    Elena has been an ATA certified English>Russian translator since 2004 and has worked as a certified court interpreter for the states of Oregon and Washington for 19 years. She has more than 30 years’ experience teaching translation and interpretation.

    Her 45-hour online course is designed to help translators overcome common translation challenges and stop making easily avoidable mistakes.

    The course will run from March 21 to August 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm PT every Wednesday. It has been designed to help participants learn a wide variety of strategies, techniques and methods that will help them confidently approach any ATA exam passage.

    For a course overview please visit Elena’s website.

    Dates to remember:

    • March, 16, at 6 pm PT: Online informational Q&A session for additional details. Fill out the form online to receive an invitation to the meeting.
    • March 19: Registration closes
    • March 21, 6:30 PM PT: First class

    All information available at

    ***Please note that NOTIS is not organizing or sponsoring this event.***

    • 23 May 2018
    • 27 Jun 2018
    • 2 sessions

    The Washington State Coalition for Language Access (WASCLA) invites you to join them for Language Access Update calls, held on the 4th Wednesday of most months, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  These open statewide conference calls offer the opportunity for information sharing, discussing timely issues, and networking. Everyone is also welcome to request a speaking slot on the agenda. Please contact  to get added to the WASCLA distribution list to receive future call notices with all details, to get added to the call agenda, and for more information. 

    • 23 Jun 2018
    • 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • The Bounty, 1218 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
    • 38

    Back by popular demand, it's the NOTIS Literary Translation Open Mic Night, the premier literary and social event of the summer! We'll hear poetry and prose in translation from our talented members. Come and cheer on your creative colleagues and enjoy The Bounty's beer, wine, and coffee bar.


    Translators who want to read should submit their name, the title and author of the text they want to read from (in their own English translation), and a short description of the piece (genre, style, history and importance) by email to by June 18, 2018. From those applicants, we'll pick 8 names to read for exactly 5 minutes each. Selections will be made based on the following criteria:

    • Variety of sources languages, styles, and genres
    • Past attendance and involvement of the translator in NOTIS's Northwest Literary Translators in-person events and online discussions
    •  Recency of publications, awards, etc. for the piece being submitted
    Missed the deadline? No problem! At the event, organizers will also select additional readers randomly as time allows, so even if your submission is not selected in that first group of 8, come prepared to read.

    For more information or to apply to read, contact Shelley at

    • 30 Jun 2018
    • 28 Jul 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • South Seattle College - University Center - 6000 16th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98106

    Whether you have been interpreting for years or you are new to it, this program equips you with invaluable tools and lays solid foundations to lean on. The protocols, analytical guidance and healthy habits this program covers will help you in your daily practice and will make you feel proud of this amazing profession.

    It is a 40-hour interactive and skills-based program that relies on the The Community Interpreter® curriculum. It’s never boring. It is also the most up-to-date program in the field. The sessions ground you in what you need to know to work as a professional interpreter. The focus is on medical, school and government and nonprofit service settings.

    Included instructional materials:


    *Please note that NOTIS is not sponsoring or organizing this event. Please contact ARCOS INSTITUTE through the link above for more information.*

    • 07 Jul 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Auditorium
    • 77

     NOTIS Community Interpreters Division presents

    Interpreting for OT/PT/Speech and

    Dealing with Difficult Interpreting Encounters 

    Have you ever noticed that interpreting for therapies has unique challenges? Where do you stand? Should you use simultaneous mode to keep up? What about all that jargon? In our four-hour morning session we will review interpreting for these three therapies, looking at vocabulary specific to these encounters, and practice role play interpreting scenarios.
    In the three-hour afternoon session, we will learn new strategies for dealing with difficult encounters. If you have ever asked a colleague, “What would you do in this situation?” and gotten the answer “Well, it depends…” this session is for you! We will consider some things that make interpreting encounters stressful (the environment, working with other people, your own triggers) and explore the tools we have available to deal with each of those demands. There will be ample opportunity for practice – bring your questions and your input!

      Yvonne Simpson is the Medical Interpreter Supervisor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She holds a Master of Arts in Spanish (Linguistics) and has significant experience in interpreting, translating, teaching and training. Yvonne is a DSHS Certified Spanish Medical Interpreter and is a Certified Medical Interpreter through the National Board.

      Saturday, July 7, 2018

    Check-in at 7:30.
    PLEASE ARRIVE AT 7:30 to sign in. Class from 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Where?  Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – Auditorium (basement) Address: 2811 Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98902

    Cost? $60 NOTIS members, $80 Non-members (Click to Join NOTIS).

    Registration? Via the web (before 5:00 p.m. on July 3rd)

    Click on the Registration button below to register.

    After registering, you will receive an email confirmation; if you do not receive a confirmation, your registration did not go through.

    Mail in registration is not available for this workshop.  

    Please submit a separate registration for each person registering.

    Registration will be limited to the first 100 applicants.

    Refunds?  We regret that no refunds can be given after July 3rd. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before July 3rd.

    CE credits?  Seven continuing education credits are being requested for this workshop from the ATA, from CCHI, from the Washington State DSHS and from the Administrator of the Courts. Certificates of Attendance will be awarded to all who arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop.

    Directions?  Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is located at 2811 Tieton Dr in Yakima.  The training will take place in the Auditorium. The auditorium is located in the basement of the hospital to the right of the West Elevators, directly across the hallway from the out-patient pharmacy.

    A map of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and directions to the campus can be found at Parking is free on weekends.

    Food? In order to offer this unique opportunity at an affordable price, no refreshments will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own water, coffee and snacks. Memorial Café restaurant near the auditorium has a nice variety of hot and cold dishes available during the lunch break.

    Anything else? If you require accommodation, please contact the NOTIS Office Manager ( at least 3 weeks in advance if possible.

    Questions about class content? Please contact Yvonne Simpson at

    Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at

    • 21 Jul 2018
    • Bothell, WA

    Local 1671 Interpreters United Workshop and Statewide Meeting

    For more information, see the Interpreters United website.

    *Please note this is not a NOTIS event.*

    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Vancouver, WA
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents
    The Vocabulary of Cardiology: SPANISH SPECIFIC (Hours TBD) by Joe Tein
    Workshop details coming soon!

    • 02 Aug 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

    The Willamette Writers Conference presents a master class with renowned translator Lisa Carter.

    Creating voice in writing is difficult. Now imagine maintaining an author’s voice and tone while translating them into another language. This class will focus on the nuance of words and how to transition voice between languages with integrity and craft.

    Participants will leave the class better understanding and able to identify what writing style and voice consist of, appreciating the need to maintain author style in translation, and having learned several techniques for capturing a variety of writing styles.

    ***Please note this is not a NOTIS event. For more information, please visit the event website.***

    • 05 Aug 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Seahurst Park, Burien, WA (Coral Shelter)

    Come join us for food, drinks, and fun at our annual NOTIS picnic! It's a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and spend time with friends and family.

    Please bring a potluck dish, or item to grill. NOTIS will provide drinks, snacks, and charcoal for the barbecue. Feel free to bring your guitar, ukulele, or any other fun activity you'd like to share!

    Family and friends of all ages are welcome.  Please RSVP if possible so we can bring enough drinks and snacks. Simply click on "Register" to RSVP. Attendance is free.

    The Coral Shelter is located right along the beach. It is close to parking, the restrooms, and the playground. A map of the park is available here: Seahurst Park

    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Kadlec Medical Center, Tri-cities
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents
    Brain anatomy, Seizures and Brain Death (6 hours) by Yvonne Simpson

    Workshop details coming soon!

    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Yakima Valley Medical Center
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents

    Ethical Decision-making for Interpreters(2 hours), Culture Brokering(4 hours) by Cindy Roat  
    Workshop details coming soon!

    • 08 Sep 2018
    • 09 Sep 2018
    • Portland, OR

    The Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters will hold their annual conference and host an ATA Certification Exam sitting this weekend. More details will be available closer to the date at the OSTI website.

    • 08 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Tacoma General
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents
    Sight Translation and Glossary Building(6 hours) by Sofia Garcia-Beyaert

    Workshop details coming soon!

    • 28 Sep 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • 29 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • North Seattle College

    In honor of International Translation Day, NOTIS be putting on two days of translation and interpretation events. We'll have a half-day language fair on the first day (with room for translation-related employers and other organizations to table) and workshops and networking on the second! Workshops tentatively planned: ethics, taxes, ergonomics, technology, and more.

    Watch this space for more details.

    • 29 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Confluence Medical Center, Wenatchee
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents

    The Language of Cardiology (Spanish-specific) by Joe Tein

    Workshop details coming soon!
    • 06 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Kadlec Medical Center, Tri-cities
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents
    The Vocabulary of Nephrology: SPANISH SPECIFIC (Hours TBD) by Joe Tein
    Workshop details coming soon!

    • 06 Oct 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • 07 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • South Seattle College (West Seattle Campus) - 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106 (OLY 204)
    This healthcare interpreting workshop helps professionals overcome challenges in the use of medical terminology.

    With this training
    you get Medical Terminology for Interpreters: A Handbook, by Cross-Cultural Communications, LLC, a 136-page resource and workbook that will be used in class.

    8 WA DSHS and 8 WA AOC professional continuing education credits have been approved for this course.

    Trainer Cindy Roat, MPH

    Further information and registration at

    *Please note that NOTIS is not sponsoring or organizing this event. Please contact ARCOS INSTITUTE for more information.*

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • Ellensburg or Yakima

    Local 1671 Interpreters United Workshop and Statewide Meeting

    For more information, please see the Interpreters United website.

    *Please note this is not a NOTIS event.*

    • 24 Oct 2018
    • 27 Oct 2018
    • New Orleans, LA
    American Translators Association 59th Annual Conference

    Save the date to travel to New Orleans and meet translators and interpreters from across the country and around the world - and your NOTIS colleagues, too.
    More information now available online. Registration opens in mid-July.

    • 31 Oct 2018
    • 03 Nov 2018
    • Indiana University, Indiana Memorial Union (IMU), Bloomington, IN

    The American Literary Translators Association holds its 41st annual conference in Bloomington, Indiana. Registration is now available online here

    ALTA41: Performance, Props, and 


  • TBD

    • 05 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Seattle, WA
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents
    Workshop title TBD (2 to 3 hours on weekday evening) by Sofia Garcia-Beyaert

    Workshop details coming soon!

    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Skagit Medical Center, Mt. Vernon
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents
    Interpreting for Palliative Care (3 to 4 hours) by Cindy Roat

    Workshop details coming soon!

Past events

16 Jun 2018 Ethics Challenge 2018, All about Brain: Anatomy, Injuries, Seizures, and Death
09 Jun 2018 Literary Translation Workshop: Theory in Practice
09 Jun 2018 ATA Certification Exam 2018
26 May 2018 Spokane Gathering for All Translators and Interpreters
23 May 2018 Webinar: Introduction to Medical Insurance, Billing, and Medical Debt for Interpreters
19 May 2018 Interpreting in Cancer Genetics
17 May 2018 Literary Translation & the Law
09 May 2018 SDL Trados Roadshow 2018
05 May 2018 Medical Vocabulary: Interpreter Training
28 Apr 2018 Deep Dive into Cultural Competence
28 Apr 2018 Local 1671 Workshop & Statewide Quarterly Meeting
21 Apr 2018 Compassion Fatigue / Cultural Competence (2 classes)
19 Apr 2018 Self-publishing 101
19 Apr 2018 English Pronunciation: Interpreter Training
17 Apr 2018 Russian Interpreter and Translator Gathering
14 Apr 2018 Interpreting Cardiology for Spanish Interpreters
07 Apr 2018 Interpreting for Chemical Dependency and Pain Management Patients
29 Mar 2018 Memory and Forgetting in Don Quixote
24 Mar 2018 Spokane Spanish-language Interpreter/Translator Networking Event
19 Mar 2018 Interpreting for LGBT Patients
17 Mar 2018 Medical Genetics 2018
15 Mar 2018 Literary Translation Feedback Forum
06 Mar 2018 Mandarin Interpreters and Translators Vocabulary Swap
15 Feb 2018 Translation for the Opera
11 Feb 2018 Slovene Culture Day
09 Feb 2018 Translation Practices: Negotiating Difference (Praxis 2018)
06 Feb 2018 Spanish-language court interpreters and legal translators
27 Jan 2018 Local 1671 Workshop & Statewide Quarterly Meeting
20 Jan 2018 Solid Foundations: 40-hour Interpreter Training
18 Jan 2018 Literary Translation Tools and Tech
21 Dec 2017 Literary Translation Feedback Forum
09 Dec 2017 Right to Left Computing in a Nutshell
09 Dec 2017 Interpreting for Services related to Autism Spectrum Disorder-Second Offering
03 Dec 2017 NOTIS Holiday Party
03 Dec 2017 NOTIS Annual Meeting
02 Dec 2017 STIBC: Tips for Editing and Proofreading (A Full-Day Workshop)
18 Nov 2017 Telephonic court interpreting
18 Nov 2017 Infection Control and Industrial Safety for Interpreters; and Linguistic Considerations for Interpreters
11 Nov 2017 Panel Discussion: Working With Agencies
08 Nov 2017 Roundtable on Education for Literary Translation
06 Nov 2017 Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training (64 hours)
28 Oct 2017 The Mind and Language: Linguistics of AOL
28 Oct 2017 Adapting Interpreting Techniques to Mental Health Settings
25 Oct 2017 ATA 58th Annual Conference
23 Oct 2017 Accent Reduction for Interpreters
21 Oct 2017 Interpreting for Services related to Autism Spectrum Disorder
20 Oct 2017 USBBY conference
19 Oct 2017 Postponed: Game translation as literary translation
17 Oct 2017 Concierge Guild of Seattle trade show
16 Oct 2017 Bridging the Gap Training of Trainers Institute
13 Oct 2017 The 2017 WASCLA Summit
07 Oct 2017 Wordfast Pro 5: Getting Started
05 Oct 2017 ALTA National Conference
03 Oct 2017 Note-taking: Skills-building!
30 Sep 2017 Interpreting in Cancer Genetics
23 Sep 2017 STIBC: Plain Language Tips & Punctuation, Period! (A Full-Day Workshop)
21 Sep 2017 AmazonCrossing Happy Hour and Reading Night
18 Sep 2017 Connecting to Care: Patient Guide Training of Trainers
18 Sep 2017 Connecting to Care: Patient Guide Training
16 Sep 2017 Medical Interpreter Ethics
16 Sep 2017 Oncology:Terminology, Diagnostics and Treatment for Medical Interpreters
12 Sep 2017 Translation reading night
12 Sep 2017 Seattle Job Fair 2017
09 Sep 2017 Court Interpreter Division Conference
09 Sep 2017 Interpreting for Cancer Genetics
09 Sep 2017 OSTI 2017 conference
26 Aug 2017 Songs of the City
19 Aug 2017 Medical Terminology for Interpreters
13 Aug 2017 NOTIS Summer Picnic
01 Aug 2017 Challenges in Interpreting for Dental Services
29 Jul 2017 Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care for Interpreters
28 Jul 2017 Trauma and Court Interpreter Ethics
28 Jul 2017 Work in Municipal and district courts and important aspect of law for certified and registered court interpreters
22 Jul 2017 Interpreting for Palliative Care
20 Jul 2017 Literary Translation Feedback Forum
15 Jul 2017 Wordfast Pro 5: Getting Started
26 Jun 2017 Connecting to Care: Patient Guide Training
23 Jun 2017 Seattle happy hour
19 Jun 2017 Bridging the Gap Training of Trainers Institute
17 Jun 2017 Glossary Building for Interpreters and On-line Resources for Healthcare Interpreters
15 Jun 2017 Poetry, translation and grants
03 Jun 2017 Barriers to Care: Health Care from the Patient’s Point of View, Ethics Scenarios, Infection Control and Industrial Safety for Medical Interpreters
20 May 2017 ATA Certification Exam
19 May 2017 Book talk: "Translation's Forgotten History"
19 May 2017 NAJIT Annual Conference
18 May 2017 Literary translation publishers' panel
13 May 2017 Webinar: Vicarious Trauma
13 May 2017 The Language of Cardiology and The Language of Nephrology
11 May 2017 NOTIS Networking Member Meet-Up
29 Apr 2017 Interpreting for Pediatric Cardiology
29 Apr 2017 WA DSHS Interpreter Test Preparation
29 Apr 2017 STIBC: Grammar Boot Camp
22 Apr 2017 Medical Terminology for Interpreters
22 Apr 2017 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Interpreters and Translators
20 Apr 2017 Spring translation slam
13 Apr 2017 How to Translate English to Chinese
08 Apr 2017 How to Translate Farsi to English
01 Apr 2017 How to Translate English to French
01 Apr 2017 Court Interpreter Written Exam
22 Mar 2017 English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) Information Session
16 Mar 2017 Literary Translation Feedback Forum
11 Mar 2017 The Language of Nephrology and Urology
04 Mar 2017 Glands and Seizures: a Workshop for Healthcare Interpreters
28 Feb 2017 Interpreting in Pediatric Assessment Encounters
17 Feb 2017 Members Only Co-Working Meetup
16 Feb 2017 Literary Translation: Pitch Perfect
13 Feb 2017 40-hour Interpreter Training
28 Jan 2017 STIBC: Clear and Concise: Guidelines for Style
20 Jan 2017 New Citizen Campaign - Volunteers Needed
19 Jan 2017 Feedback Forum for literary translators
15 Jan 2017 Winter Retreat for Spanish Court Interpreters
05 Jan 2017 Medical Genetics III 2017
17 Dec 2016 Consecutive Skills Building for Healthcare Interpreters
11 Dec 2016 Overview of Pediatric Diabetes
08 Dec 2016 Literary Translation Meetup
04 Dec 2016 NOTIS Holiday Party
04 Dec 2016 NOTIS Annual Meeting
26 Nov 2016 STIBC: Canadian Writing Style
19 Nov 2016 Weekend Café Chat
16 Nov 2016 SDL Trados Studio 2017 tool training
12 Nov 2016 Overview of Pediatric Cancer
12 Nov 2016 Skills for Long Consecutive for Court Interpreters
10 Nov 2016 NOTIS Board Meeting
02 Nov 2016 ATA Annual Conference
21 Oct 2016 WASCLA Annual Summit (WASCLA continuing ed)
18 Oct 2016 NOTIS Board Meeting (Seattle)
10 Oct 2016 Translated book talk: Deborah Smith
07 Oct 2016 California Federation of Interpreters Annual Conference
06 Oct 2016 ALTA Annual Conference
05 Oct 2016 CSI Terminology for Court Interpreters (NOTIS continuing education webinar)
01 Oct 2016 Interpreting Cardiology
01 Oct 2016 Medical Interpreter Ethics
01 Oct 2016 Note-taking for Interpreters - Workshop Series
24 Sep 2016 The Ins & Outs of Verbs (STIBC continuing education)
23 Sep 2016 OSTI annual conference
21 Sep 2016 NOTIS Board Meeting
17 Sep 2016 Consecutive Skills Building for Healthcare Interpreters
13 Sep 2016 Happy Hour / Readings of Inspiring Translations (NOTIS Social Event)
10 Sep 2016 FULL: NOTIS Whirlwind Weekend: Training with Jost Zetzsche and Pablo Mugüerza
20 Aug 2016 Interpreting in Neurology
18 Aug 2016 NOTIS Board Meeting
01 Aug 2016 Spanish into English Conference Interpreting (continuing ed)
10 Jul 2016 NOTIS Summer Picnic (NOTIS social event)
04 Jul 2016 Court Interpreter Training Institute (Univ. of AZ continuing ed)
04 Jul 2016 Medical Interpreter Training Institute (Univ. of AZ continuing ed)
29 Jun 2016 NOTIS Board Meeting
19 Jun 2016 Medical Terminology for Medical Interpreters and Translators
13 Jun 2016 Translating Official Documents with Bekircan Tahberer (NOTIS continuing education webinar)
09 Jun 2016 Translating Official Documents with Bekircan Tahberer (NOTIS continuing education webinar)
26 May 2016 NOTIS Board Meeting
21 May 2016 Spotlight Your Work (NOTIS social event)
21 May 2016 Notetaking and Sight Translation (NOTIS live continuing education)
19 May 2016 ASTM: A framework for teamwork and quality in translation (OSTI presentation)
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