SWET Talk Shop via Zoom: Wordsmiths on the Move

Speakers: Emily Balistrieri, Winnie Bird, Susan Jones, Avery Udagawa, and Lisa Wilcut

Saturday, November 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon JST
Friday, November 26, 8:00–10:00 p.m. EST

In the first hour, five members of the SWET Steering Committee—whose work straddles writing, editing, translating, and teaching—talked about their work and current projects. They shared experiences with new tools and technologies they've encountered. And discussed some plans for future SWET activities and initiatives.

Some of the matters on on the agenda were: 1) how we can better cope with the pressures we are under; 2) what useful tools and technologies are really helpful to us; 3) how SWET can help to support our professional endeavors; and 4) how SWET can better reach out to the next generation of wordsmiths.

Watch the video:


Links from the event:

Emily Balistrieri: Three Translators of Pop Culture    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf35MhA5WrQ; SNS - twitter.com/tiger

Winifred Bird, Eating Wild Japan https://www.stonebridge.com/catalog-2020/Eating-Wild-Japan

  Reference: Society of Environmental Journalists program http://www.sej.org/initiatives/mentor-program/overview

Susan Jones: lecture on machine translation:

   Reference: https://onlineteachingjapan.com/zoom-meetings/machine-translation-here-to-stay/

Avery Fischer Udagawa, active in Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators:      https://translation.scbwi.org/   

Recent translation published: Temple Alley Summer by Sachiko Kashiwaba, illustrated by Miho Satake: https://restlessbooks.org/bookstore/temple-alley-summer

Lisa Wilcut

Edits for Asahi Press (monthly CNN English Express), copyedits for Japan Library

Translations include The Arts and Ethics of Zen Temples (10-volume series), The Kidai Shōran website

Scroll https://nihonbashi-info.tokyo/kidaishoran/, and – Akira ga akete-ageu kara, a children’s book to be released in 2023

Creative writing: https://www.tokyoweekender.com/2021/09/tw-creatives-the-boy-i-met-on-a-plane-short-story-lisa-wilcut/

Teaches courses in philosophy and Japanese society and culture for University of Maryland Global Campus