Fiction Writing Talk and Workshop

Fiction Writing Talk and Workshop

Instructor: Barry Lancet, author of Japantown and Tokyo Kill
Date: May 10, 2015 (Sunday)

Time: Lecture session 2:00-3:30 p.m.; Workshop session 3:45-5:00 p.m.

Lecture and/or workshop fee: 1,000 yen 

Place: Wesley Center, Room 204

RSVP: If you want to have a manuscript critiqued during the workshop portion, please let us know in advance at


Fiction of all types has a few salient points in common, and it is these, as well as an author’s unique voice, that make for... more


Pianyan, Little Keys, and Yumiko Sakuma

Pianyan, Little Keys, and Yumiko Sakuma

By Deborah Iwabuchi


When SWET member Deborah Iwabuchi translated a Japanese children’s book into English, she, a collaborator, and the author all read an article in the September–October 2011 issue of Nihon jidō bungaku (Japanese Children’s Literature).

In the article, “Honyaku-tte nan da” (What Exactly Is Translation?), English-to-Japanese translator Yumiko Sakuma describes her career and conveys the need to recast, not mechanically render, literature in the target language.... more

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EVENT REPORT - SWET Shop Talk: Translation Quandaries

EVENT REPORT - SWET Shop Talk: Translation Quandaries

February 18, 2015 (Wednesday), Books on Japan Library, Jinbocho

Ten people gathered around the large table at the Books on Japan Library in Jinbocho for the February SWET Shop Talk, some with sandwich/onigiri and drink in hand as we introduced ourselves. Four present were completely new to SWET, though had clearly been involved in “wordsmithing” work for years in their respective corners of professional life. One long-time member from SWET Kansai who happened to be in Tokyo joined in.... more

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Based in Tokyo, Japan, SWET comprises people engaged not only in the three professions of writing, editing, and translating, but also in teaching, research, rewriting, design and production, copywriting, and other areas related to the written word in Japan.