Translation Workshop

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2020 programming has been cancelled

Applications Now Closed


Please email or call 740-427-5196.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the State of Ohio’s accompanying restrictions, Kenyon College has made the difficult decision to close campus through July 31st, so we must cancel Kenyon Review’s residential 2020 Writers Workshops. These are unprecedented times, and we regret we will not see you this summer. We trust you’ll understand this decision as your health and safety are of the utmost concern to us.



The Translator’s Voice: a Polyglot Workshop

When Jorge Luis Borges famously stated that “the original is unfaithful to the translation,” he turned the Italian adage traduttore, traditore (translator, traitor) on its head. In the same vein, this creative writing workshop places its focus squarely on the art of literary translation, or rather, transcreation, “an adaptation of a creative work into another language or culture,” a perfect counterpart to Kenyon Review’s long tradition of Writers Workshops. Likewise, the Kenyon Review has a proud history of publishing translation (by Elizabeth Bishop and W.S. Merwin, to name only two) and is committed to strengthening its acquisitions of outstanding literary translations as well as fostering the translator’s craft.

The week-long non-language-specific workshop offers an opportunity for aspiring and mid-career literary translators with a variety of professional backgrounds to couple their creative writing interests with their passion for working between languages. Writers focus on close reading and experimentation with language and style from a strong second language into English. The workshop is conducted seminar-style and activities focus on literary translation as a cross-cultural, creative endeavor, using theoretical readings and examples of works of master translators as guides. By the end of the week, writers will have finished a polished translation that they may continue to prepare for publication.

The workshop is limited to 12 participants. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, and we make every effort to notify applicants within four weeks of application. The application consists of the online application form, a resume, and a sample of your work. The sample should be a translation of 500 words of prose or three pages of poetry from the source language into English along with a copy of the original source work. This class is team taught by Elizabeth Lowe and Katherine M. Hedeen.

Listen to Ezra Fitz and Olivia Lott, Peter Taylor Fellows, discuss their experience in Kenyon Review’s 2019 Translation Workshop:



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