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.

I give weekend masterclasses in Creative Translation for Writers and Translators at the British Library and The Poetry School in London. These are aimed at creative writers (with no foreign language abilities) and literary translators, and entail a series of writing prompts and creative tasks.

I have given literary translation workshops to both mixed-language groups (British Library, British Centre for Literary Translation at University of East Anglia, Durham University MA Creative Writing Programme, Nottingham Literature Festival), as well as running and co-running workshops for emerging German to English literary translators (University College London, New Books in German Emerging Translators Programme).

Literary Translation Mentor

I’m currently mentoring:

Viv Griffiths (French to English)

Lucy Rand (Italian to English)

Laura Francis (French to English)

I’ve previously mentored:

Jo Heinrich (French and German to English)

Julija Gulbinovic (Lithuanian to English) for the
British Council/London Book Fair Translation Fellowship scheme 2017/18

Feliz Emre Cooke (Turkish to English) as part of the
Goldsmiths College Alumnae Mentorship scheme

I’m currently looking for more mentees. Please contact me for more details.

*** 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 co-Director of the Good Night Out campaign – a grassroots, volunteer-run organisation tackling harassment in the night-time economy. I lead workshops and am also responsible for press and public relations, recruiting and training more trainers.

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 GNO London, 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 2017 and 2018, a series of workshops and a festival where people start their first ever bands and play their first ever shows, I co-deliver workshops which show 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.