Jen Calleja

Jen Calleja


Creative Writing and Literary Translation Workshops

“It…made it clear to me that I would like to pursue literary translation as at least a part of my career – it had always seemed so terrifyingly inaccessible before so it was really nice to meet a friendly real human who actually does it for a living and made it seem much less so.” Attendee of my literary translation workshop at Nottingham Festival of Literature 2016

If you’re an organisation, institution or university looking to book a creative writing or literary translation workshop I can create a workshop suitable for different abilities and skills.

In March 2018,  I will be giving a weekend masterclass in Creative Translation at the British Library. This will be aimed at creative writers (with no foreign language abilities) and literary translators, and will entail a series of writing prompts and creative tasks.

I have given literary translation workshops to both mixed-language groups (Nottingham Literature Festival, British Library, Durham University MA Creative Writing Programme), and have co-run workshops for emerging German to English literary translators (New Books in German Emerging Translators Programme).

Creative Writing and Literary Translation Mentor

I’m currently a Mentor for the British Council/London Book Fair Translation Fellowship scheme 2017/18. I am also signed up to be an Alumni Mentor at Goldsmiths College. I’m keen to mentor emerging writers and translators from less privileged backgrounds, those who haven’t attended university, or are the first in their family to attend university.

Sexual Harassment Workshops - Good Night Out Campaign

I’m a workshop trainer and also responsible for press & public relations, recruiting and training more trainers at Good Night Out London, which is largely voluntary role.

I train staff and management at venues, bars, clubs, student unions and other licensed premises how to deal with disclosures of sexual harassment as part of the Good Night Campaign, which is affiliated with anti-street harassment organisation Hollaback London.

You can see a breakdown of the training and information on how to get involved – or even book training for your venue – on the Good Night Out website.

Drumming Workshops/Lessons - Demystification and Starting Out

As part of First Timers, a series of workshops and a festival where people start their first ever bands and play their first ever shows, I co-delivered workshops which showed newcomers around the drumkit, how to assemble a drum kit, how to practice at home and tips and tricks of practising and playing live. If your school or festival would like a similar workshop, or if you’re interested in one-on-one drum lessons, just get in touch.