7th Annual GLD Members in Europe Workshop in Erfurt

This year the GLD Members in Europe Workshop travels to yet another of Germany’s most charming historical cities: Erfurt. And we’re making the most of it by meeting in the Augustinian monastery where Martin Luther spent several years as a friar before moving to Wittenberg in 1511. The rest, as they say, is history.

While we will definitely have time to enjoy the vaulted ceilings and half-timbered town, the workshop will also focus on the future: how can all translators profit from the creativity often associated with literary translation? And while the translation world seems obsessed with AI and MT, how do we tap into and leverage the power of the human brain?


February 8-9, 2020 (with social events on Feb. 7)


Tagungs- & Begegnungsstätte
Evangelisches Augustinerkloster zu Erfurt
Augustinerstraße 10
99084 Erfurt

Early registration: €65, by December 1, 2019
Standard registration: €75, after December 1, 2019

What’s in it for you?

  • ATA/GLD insights and updates
  • A hands-on workshop by an invited speaker
  • Peer-led professional development sessions
  • The opportunity to present and share your knowledge and skills
  • Social events and lots of time for networking and fellowship

Guest Speaker

This year’s guest speaker is Bradley Schmidt, a native of Kansas, who studied German and theology in the USA and Germany before completing a master’s degree in translation studies in Leipzig in 2010. After initially working in the field of general and technical translation, he shifted his focus to the translation of literary and cultural texts. Brad has been teaching writing and translation classes at Leipzig University since 2009.

In Brad’s talk on “Creative Cross-Pollination: Learning from Literary Translation,” participants will discuss the similarities and differences between general/technical translation and literary translation. The format will combine interactive exercises with a lecture on various creative methods and approaches literary translators use, with examples taken from existing translations. Participants will also consider the concepts of voice, style, and tone in literary translation and then break into small groups to apply these creative techniques in sample translations. For at least one of these exercises, it would be helpful to have a laptop or electronic device for accessing digital resources.

How to Register

Registration, via Eventbrite, is open to GLD members only. For an invitation, please write to Robin Limmeroth at RLTranslations@aol.com.

Once you have received your invitation, use Eventbrite to register and sign up for individual social events. Registration includes all Saturday and Sunday sessions, including coffee breaks on both days and a buffet lunch* at the monastery on Saturday. Please note that Eventbrite will add a small processing fee and that the registration fee is non-refundable.** All other meals and the Friday walking tour will be paid separately at each event.

*If you have dietary restrictions that the monastery will need to consider in planning the buffet, please send an email to Geoff Chase (geoff.chase.translation@gmail.com) by January 30, 2020.
**In order to plan and avoid financial losses, we cannot offer refunds for this event. Registration is transferable to other ATA members, but we will not be responsible for finding a willing participant. We thank you very much for your understanding.


A block of rooms has been reserved at a discount rate at the ibis Erfurt Altstadt. Please note the information below when making a reservation:

Room rates and conditions
Single room: €86/night incl. breakfast
Double room: €96/night incl. breakfast

IMPORTANT: Please indicate the code “GLD2020” when booking your room.

Social Events

For some pre-workshop fun on Friday, join us on a walking tour of the city with an Erfurt native, (cost: €4–6, not included in the workshop fee, time ca. 4 pm, TBA), followed by dinner at the Haus zum naumburgischen Keller, serving traditional cuisine in a cozy Gewölbekeller. Guests are welcome on the tour, but seating is limited in the restaurant. We may not be able to accommodate guests, but will make an effort to do so.

A buffet lunch on location is included in the registration fee. Beverages other than water are not included and must be paid separately.

In the evening we’ll meet for a networking dinner at Zum güldenen Rade. Guests are welcome at dinner.

Lunch after the Sunday sessions will be a free for all as everyone goes their separate ways.


If you have any questions, please write to GLD’s European Coordinator, Ellen Yutzy Glebe at eyg@writinghistory.de.

Picture from Unsplash by Herr Bohn