SWET Talk Shop, Writing about Japan for the General Reader: A Workshop

Date: October 26 (Sat.), 2019

Time: Writing Clinic 3:00–5:00; Discussion 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Place: Book House Café, Jinbocho, First Floor Gulliver Room
http://bookhousecafe.jp/

See website for map; come out Jinbocho subway exit A1, turn right and walk about 15 meters to the Kitazawa Building. Look for the SWET signs.

Fee: Free of charge. Food and drink available at the café (see the “Menu” at the Book House Café website)

RSVP: Please let us know if you are coming. E-mail us at SWET

Whatever the field—travel/tourism, marketing, PR/advertising, CSR,…—wordsmiths working on Japan-related content for the general reader must bridge gaps in historical, cultural, and linguistic knowledge of all sorts. Their work faces problems no less demanding than for texts targeting a specialized readership. Some of the topics this workshop will address are the handling of cultural and historical references, pitfalls of translating between the conventions standard in Japanese and those more appropriate in English, and considerations for readers who are not native speakers of English.

How the workshop will work:

If you wish to participate in the workshop, please email SWET Events in advance. Those who sign up will receive a copy of the texts to be critiqued in the workshop by October 19.
We’ll work on the selected texts collaboratively during the first two hours. In the last hour, we’ll turn our attention to open discussion of the other gnarly issues of writing, translating, and editing for the general reader that participants wish to share with the group.