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foreword Word for Word is an exchange program that was conceived in 2011 by Professor Binnie Kirshenbaum, when she was Chair of the Writing Program of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, in the belief that when writers engage in the art of literary translation and collaborate on translations of each other’s work, the experience will broaden and enrich their linguistic imaginations. Since 2011, the Writing Program has conducted travel-based exchanges in partnership with the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany; Scuola Holden in Turin, Italy; the Institut Ramon Llull and Universitat Pompeu Fabra-IDEC in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain); the Columbia Global Center |Middle East in Amman, Jordan; Galludet University in Washington, D.C.; and the University of the Arts Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland. Starting in 2016, the Word for Word program expanded to include a collaborative translation workshop running parallel to the exchanges, in which Writing Program students, over the course of one semester, translate work by their partners at some of these same institutions – the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzing and Scuola Holden—as well as some new ones: Université Paris 8 in Paris, France; New York University’s Creative Writing in Spanish MFA Program; and the Instituto Vera Cruz in São Paulo, Brazil. Though the workshop does not require international travel of students, participants have continued to reap the rewards their counterparts in the exchanges attest to: cultural horizons and worldviews have been expanded, friendships and artistic partnerships have been forged, and an innovative new model for cross-cultural engagement in literature has been established.

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2017 Word for Work Workshop ebook  

2017 Word for Work Workshop ebook  

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