SWET Talk Shop, April 11 (Wed.), Tokyo

SWET Talk Shop, April 11 (Wed.), Tokyo

Streamlining and Professionalizing Your Translation

Special guest: Beth Cary

Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m. Discussion starts at 7:00.

Place (new venue)Book House Cafe, Jinbocho

See website for map; come out Jinbocho subway exit A1, turn right and walk about 15 meters to the Kitazawa Building. We will be on the ground floor at the back, beyond the children's books. Look for the SWET sign.

Fee: Free of charge.

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