On Demand: Self-Editing for Literary Translation (Free for members!)

  • 12/08/2023
  • 12/31/2024
  • Online



Northwest Literary Translators Group presents

Self-Editing for Literary Translation

Presented by Mia Spangenberg and Kay Heikkinen

NOTE: This is a pre-recorded workshop reformatted into on-demand.

The Northwest Literary Translators welcome you to an online seminar about literary translators' favorite methods for editing their own work. From reading out loud to changing the color of the font, we all have strategies and tricks for forcing ourselves to see (and hear!) our text in a new light. But are there specific areas or types of text that present extra pitfalls when editing? Is there a perfect time of day for dealing with revisions? How many drafts is too many? Come to hear your colleagues' collected wisdom and share your best tips with us.

This event will be organized into two parts. Part 1 will be brief presentations by members who have a specific set of techniques to share or demonstrate. Part 2 will be devoted to discussion and brainstorming. 

Free for
 NOTIS members, $5 Non-members (Click to Join NOTIS)

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive a confirmation, your registration did not go through. Registration confirmation will include a video link.

Please note that no continuing education credits will be awarded.


Mia Spangenberg translates from Finnish, Swedish, and German into English. Her translations include works by acclaimed artists such as Finlandia-prize winning author Pirkko Saisio and children’s book author and illustrator Marika Maijala. She holds a Ph.D. in Scandinavian studies from the University of Washington, Seattle, where she resides with her family. You can find her on her website: https://www.miaspangenberg.com/

Kay Heikkinen is a translator and academic who holds a PhD from Harvard University. She was previously Ibn Rushd Lecturer of Arabic at the University of Chicago. Among other books, she has translated Naguib Mahfouz’s In the Time of Love, Radwa Ashour’s The Woman From Tantoura, and Huzama Habayeb's Velvet, for which she was awarded the 2020 Saif-Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

NOTE: On-Demand workshops are nonrefundable.


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