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March 2021

Creative Writing Workshop

27 March @ 10:30 am
£10

Join us as we play host to author and songwriter, Dr. Elaine Walker, on Zoom for a morning of creative writing. It can be said that every translator brings something personal to a target text. In turn, all writers are translators. Creative writing is above all a translational process. Translation therefore plays a significant role for creative writers who work with foreign language texts. When honing our skills, it is worth remembering the importance that may be placed on the…

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Working Lunch: Impostor syndrome and overcoming self-doubt

31 March @ 1:00 pm

Join NWTN Events Team Leader Kate Lo and colleagues for an informal chat online via Zoom. For one hour during your lunch break, we'll host a Q&A session that includes discussion regarding tips for productivity, business progression, social media, upcoming CPD events, etc. This week we'll be chatting about 'impostor syndrome' in a professional environment. According to this article by Time magazine, 70% of people experience the phenomenon at some point in their lives. Have you ever felt like an…

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April 2021

Battle of the Kingdoms: Easter Quiz

1 April @ 7:30 pm

Join us for a pub quiz in the comfort of your own home! This time it’s an Easter special between the northern heavyweights: NWTN members will be up against Yorkshire and North East Regional Group ITI members! Here’s how it will work: The quiz is just for fun, you will mark your own answers.Teams can comprise 1-4 people max. depending on who is in your household.Please do not cheat and ask Google! This is to exercise your brainpower.Your microphone should…

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Working Lunch: Balancing agency & direct clients

7 April @ 1:00 pm

This week it's all about direct clients vs agencies. Is there an ideal balance between working for direct clients and agencies? Do you actively manage this balance when it comes to taking on projects, or is it a case of first come, first served? Do you have different strategies for cultivating contacts and following up leads with direct vs agency clients?

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Working Lunch: Sustainability for freelancers

14 April @ 1:00 pm

Join NWTN Communications Officer, Marjolein Thickett and colleagues, for an informal chat online via Zoom. For one hour during your lunch break, we'll host a Q&A session that includes discussion regarding tips for productivity, business progression, social media, upcoming CPD events, etc. This week it's all about sustainability for freelancers. Have you thought about sustainability more recently? Join us to learn how to do more for the environment, while working as a freelancer. We will cover areas including heating, data…

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Overview of CAT tools

17 April @ 10:00 am
£10

In this two hour session, Silvia Terribile, a postgraduate researcher from Manchester University, will provide us with an overview of the benefits of using Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) tools, also known as Translation Memory (TM) tools. The best-known names in the market are Trados (SDL) and memoQ but alongside these, Silvia will also tell us about some lesser-known products, e.g. Memsource, Wordbee and Wordfast, to help newcomers choose a CAT tool. This will be an interactive event, not a lecture, and…

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Bookchat chapter VI

20 April @ 7:30 pm

Hello again Bookchatters! At long last, bookshops are open again!! Maybe you’ve already visited one and have made some interesting discoveries. Or maybe you’re itching to get back to your favourite one and need some good recommendations.Then join us for Bookchat Chapter 6!  Our main topic of discussion this time will be graphic novels.- Are you a devotee? If so, why?- How did you discover this type of fiction?- Do you have a favourite author or book?- Have you never even thought…

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Working Lunch: Identity Theft Scams

21 April @ 1:00 pm

This week we're talking about scams. How can we avoid having our details stolen? Certain spam emails contain stolen linguist/LSP details and CVs. How can we wise up and avoid this happening to us? Where can we find out more? Join us this week to find out.

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Working Lunch: Confidentiality & data protection

28 April @ 1:00 pm

Join NWTN Chair Laurence and colleagues for an informal chat online via Zoom. For one hour during your lunch break, we'll host a Q&A session that includes discussion regarding tips for productivity, business progression, social media, upcoming CPD events, etc. This week we'll be chatting about data privacy and how we protect our clients' data when we save resources and reference materials from previous projects, such as translation memories, termbases and glossaries. Do you have a particular method or schedule…

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May 2021

Working Lunch: Showcasing your work – benefits of building a portfolio

5 May @ 1:00 pm

In this week's Working Lunch, we'll be chatting about the benefits of building a portfolio of your work to show prospective clients. Where do you start? What should go in it: previous projects or samples for your ideal project? What about project brief information and testimonials? How do you deal with previous projects that are subject to confidentiality agreements? What format should it be presented in: just a text file, or perhaps something more engaging such as a webpage?

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