Training and seminars
Every two years, we also hold a course for beginning literary translators in conjunction with CIMO, the Centre for International Mobility. Stefan Moster, a German translator and author and previous recipient of the State Award for Foreign Translators, has been the leader of the course since its inception in 2002.
The course for beginning literary translators is aimed at students of Finnish as a foreign language who have recently graduated or are in the final years of their studies. During the intensive two-week workshop-style course, participants translate literary texts from many different genres and learn to focus on the special issues related to literary translation. Participants also discuss the source texts used in the workshops and contemporary literature in general, and they meet authors and learn about the Finnish publishing scene and working as a professional translator.
FILI works with several other organisations to hold Continuing Professional Development courses for practising translators. Our major event in 2015 was the seminar that concluded the Masterclass project. (See FILI’s projects)