Schedule (26 May – 2 June 2010)

Sofia

Wednesday | 26 May

20:00 Drinks Reception by EKF
CultureBeat

Sozopol

Thursday | 27 May

17:00–18:00 Registration
18:00 Opening *

Welcome Address by Elizabeth Kostova, Julian Popov and Milena Deleva of EKF and Dr. Richard Arndt of Lois Roth Endowment, U.S.

Faculty Readings* by Alec Popov and Elizabeth Kostova with introductory words by Alex Miller and Kristin Dimitrova
20:00 Reception

Friday | 28 May

9:00-12:00 Workshop for NES writers with Elizabeth Kostova
9:00-12:00 Workshop for Bulgarian writers with Alec Popov
10:30-11:00 Coffee break for all
12:30 Lunch
15:00-16:30 Translation’s workshop – 1 *

Translation in practice

(Examines translator-publisher and translator-editor relationship).
Speakers: Chad Post, Jonathan Dunne, Francis Bickmore, Milen Ruskov, Nadezhda Radulova, Vanya Tomova
Moderator: Christopher Merrill
16:45–17.30 Writing exercise with Alex Miller
18.00- 19.30 Lecture and reading by Alex Miller
19:30 Dinner

Saturday | 29 May

9:00-12:00 Workshop for NES writers with Elizabeth Kostova
9:00-12:00 Workshop for Bulgarian writers with Alec Popov
10:30-11:00 Coffee break for all
12:30 Lunch
16:00-17:30 Translations’ workshop – 2 *

Translators in conversation

(Examines translator-writer relationship, the personal and cultural scale of literary translation. The Challenges of Fiction in Translation)

Speakers: Alec Popov, Alex Miller, Christopher Merrill, Francis Bickmore, Jonathan Dunne, Kristin Dimitrova, Milen Ruskov, Nadezhda Radulova
Moderator: Chad Post
18.00- 19.30 Lecture and reading by Kristin Dimitrova*
19:30 Dinner

Sunday | 30 May

9:00-10:30 Workshop for NES writers with Elizabeth Kostova
9:00-10:30 Workshop for Bulgarian writers with Alec Popov
10:30-11:00 Coffee break for all
11:00-12:00 Joint workshop/discussion/Q&A with both workshops Alex Miller*, Elizabeth Kostova*, Kristin Dimitrova* and Alec Popov*.
12:30 Lunch
14:30-15:30 Writing exercise with Alex Miller
16.00–17.00 Translators’ workshop – 3 (Optional for fellows, free time for preparation for the reading)

Making Translations Work

How to Make Translations Happen? (from the point of view of NES editors and publishers)
Discussion: Alec Popov, Alex Miller, Chad Post, Christopher Merrill, Elizabeth Kostova, Francis Bickmore, Jonathan Dunne, Kristin Dimitrova, Milen Ruskov, Nadezhda Radulova
Chair: Francis Bickmore
18:00-19:30 Fellows Reading*
20:00 Farewell dinner

Monday | 31 May

9:30-10:30 Debriefing meeting (Faculty and Staff)
11:00 Departure to Sofia

Background information for the Translation workshops:

All public events are marked with *. Please note that the fiction writing workshops are strictly closed for audience. The selected participants work in groups of five led by an instructor, who in 2010 will be as follows: Elizabeth Kostova for the NES group and Alec Popov for the Bulgarian group.

Venues: All events will take place at the Art Gallery (Old town).

Sofia

Tuesday | 1 June

10.00- 10.05 Welcome Address
10.05 – 10.10 Introduction by the moderator (Georgi Tenev)
10.10 – 11.15 Literature diplomacy: Critical perspectives

Cultural diplomats: Dr. Richard Arndt (Louis Roth Endowment, US) Julia Stefanova (Fulbright), Liudmila Dimitrova (State Institute of Culture)

Literary managers: Christopher Merrill (Iowa Writers’ program, US, Yana Genova (Next Page Foundation, BG)

Educator: Michael Cohen (American University, BG)
11.15 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 13.00 Literature diplomacy: Critical perspectives
Literary Critic: Biliana Kourtasheva (New Bulgarian University)
Publishers: Chad Post (Open Letter Books, US), Svetlozar Zhelev (Ciela Soft Publishing, BG), Kolibri, Altera or Zhanet 45 (tbc)
Translators: Jonathan Dunne, (UK/BG), Angela Rodel (BG / USA), Milen Ruskov (BG)
Writers: Alec Miller (AUS), Alek Popov (BG), Kristin Dimitrova (BG)
13.00 - 13.30 Buffet lunch
13.30 – 14.00 Presentation of the Contemporary Bulgarian Writers Online

Book Corner

14.00 – 14.45 Books launches
Reading and book-signing
14.45 – 15.00 Conclusions and closing remarks
15.00 END

Social Programme

16.00 – 16.05 Bilingual Literary Flash Mob
19.30 Reading by the fellows and closing dinner

Venues:

  • For the conference: American Corner, 4-A Slaveikov Sq.
  • For the Lit Flash Mob: In front of the National Theater
  • Reading & reception: Red House, 15 Liuben Karavelov Str.

Working languages: Bulgarian and English; translation and interpretation will be provided.

Wednesday | 2 June

18.00 Lecture by Alex Miller (In English)
British Library, Sofia university

The event is supported by: