Literary Translation Workshop

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Literary Translation Workshop

A hybrid course for emerging literary translators, writers or poets interested in venturing into literary translation.

By Singapore Book Council

When and where

Date and time

Tue, 4 Jul 2023 19:00 - 22:00 +08


Singapore Book Council, Training Room Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Block E, #03-32 *Please note that there is no lift access to the Training Room Singapore, 439053 Singapore

Refund Policy

Contact the organiser to request a refund.

About this event

  • 3 hours
  • Mobile eTicket


  • 20% off buddy tickets (min 2 tickets)
  • 20% off past participants of SBC Academy**
  • 10% off for Kinokuniya Privilege Card members**

*Participants will have to present their student pass or senior citizen card on day of talk for verification purposes.

** Request promo code via email to

This course is in process of being SkillsFuture credit available. Please check back again for updates or you may send in your interest for this funding to

Jointly presented by the Singapore Book Council and Tender Leaves Translation, this Literary Translation Workshop will be presented in a hybrid format. It is a two-part programme comprises of online video courses and an in-person workshop.

Engage in self-learning at your own pace with these easy-to-access and comprehensive online videos inclusive of audio transcriptions, resources, and bonus materials! Participants also get to interact and start a discussion with other students who are enrolled in the different courses.

Price of ticket is inclusive of what is listed below. Please note that participants are required to complete the online course work specified in the list before the due date to attend the workshop with Shelly Bryant.

From 8 May 2023 (Access to Online Course Materials):

  • Participants will get access to selected online Tender Leaves courses for 2 months
  • Over 6 weeks, participants are expected to complete a total of 5 hours worth of video coursework that will cover: what is literary translation, reading for translation, translating wordplay, freedom in translation, editing your translation and getting your translation published.
  • Participants to produce a work of literary translation from a text of their choice (any language translating into English) of up to 2,000 words of prose OR up to 10 pages of poetry by the 7th week, due 15 June 2023, 12.00 pm.
  • Participants are then required to provide written feedback for the other participants by 30 June 2023, 12.00pm. The feedback is to be submitted before the in-person workshop to confirm their placement at the workshop and receive feedback by their peers and Shelly herself.

On 4 July 2023 (In-person):

  • Participants will receive their feedback from all peers
  • Participants will take turns sharing their feedback with their peers
  • Participants will receive individual feedback from Shelly Bryant and also hear feedback on peers' works


Shelly Bryant is a poet, writer, translator, and traveler. She is a celebrated literary translator and owner / managing director of Tender Leaves Translation. You can learn more about her work at


The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to 5 working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Those who did not turn up at the workshop will not receive a refund.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation and withdrawal policy and accept the terms contained therein.

Please note there is no lift to the venue.

About the organiser

Singapore Book Council (SBC) is a charity founded in 1968. Its vision is to Build Our Imagine-nation by developing creativity, imagination and original thought through writing, reading, illustrating and storytelling. Its mission is to fulfil this vision through books and literary art events, workshops, and awards, because it all starts with a story.

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