Literary Translation Workshop

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 3 compulsory courses (total of 5 hours worth of video coursework) which 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 translated into English) of up to 2,000 words of prose OR up to 10 pages of poetry by the 7th week, due 21 June 2023 at 12.00 pm.
  • Participants are then required to provide written feedback to the other participants by 30 June 2023, 12.00pm. The feedback has 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 by all peers
  • Participants will take turns sharing their feedback to their peers 1 on 1, 5 minutes each
  • Participants will receive individual professional feedback from Shelly Bryant and also hear feedback for peer's works





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.

04 Jul 2023
7PM – 10PM

Singapore Book Council Training Room
90 Goodman Road, Blk E #03-32, Goodman Arts Centre, S439053

Course Fee: $450
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $10.70


• 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 [email protected]




Shelly Bryant

Shelly Bryant

Shelly Bryant divides her year between Shanghai and Singapore, working as a poet, writer, and translator. She is a published author and has translated work from the Chinese for Penguin Books, Epigram Publishing, the National Library Board in Singapore, Giramondo Books, HSRC, and Rinchen Books, and edited poetry anthologies for Alban Lake and Celestial Books. Her translation of Sheng Keyi’s Northern Girls was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2012, and her translation of You Jin's In Time, Out of Place was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2016.