ESLT Summer School 2024
Online edition | 11-13 September 2024

Training the Teacher of Literary Translation: 
Creativity and the Human Factor


The eight annual ESLT Summer School will take place online, bringing together around 25 translators and educators from across Europe who are passionate about teaching literary translation.

There is much discussion at the moment about the impact of artificial intelligence on the world of literary translation, but as the perceived threat of AI intensifies, so too does interest in the uniquely human factor that translators bring to their work.  ESLT 2024 will focus on the creativity of the literary translator – on the extent to which the literary translator can be considered an original author, how creativity can be cultivated in the classroom, how a translator’s creativity might need to be constrained and how it thrives on constraints.


The three-day programme includes a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. Confirmed faculty participants include Goedele De Sterck (Salamanca), Waltraud Kolb (Vienna), Paschalis Nikolaou (Corfu), Cecilia Rossi (East Anglia) and Gys-Walt van Egdom (Utrecht).

The keynote will be delivered by Franco Nasi (Modena) and will be a free public eventFor more information send an email to

Click here to check the draft programme 


The Summer School aims to bring together literary translators (at any stage in their career) who are keen to develop their teaching skills and find out about innovations in the field. Applications from outside Europe are welcome, but sessions will observe Central European Summer Time. Participants must be aged 18 or over.


On confirmation of acceptance, a registration fee of €120,00 (incl. VAT) will be payable to ESLT to cover all tuition. Returning ESLT alumni are eligible for a 50% discount; PETRA-E members for a €100,00 fee.

Two full-fee bursaries will be offered, for those who would otherwise be prevented from attending.  Please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered for one of these.

Application procedures

Applicants should submit the following two documents (in English):

- A letter of motivation, including an indication of the role and strategic impact of participation in the ESLT Summer School in your career planning;

- A full CV, including contact details and a record of translation practice.

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to by April 30, 2024.

About ESLT

Founded in 2017, the European School of Literary Translation is organised by four partners: PETRA-E network, British Centre for Literary Translation, Centre of Expertise for Literary Translation (Flanders / Netherlands) and Fondazione Unicampus San Pellegrino, Italy. The ESLT implements the PETRA-E Framework for the Education and Training of Literary Translators (

Participants’ Feedback from Previous Years

"It was a lively, inspiring, event-packed summer school with a fantastic and diverse group of people and therefore a very stimulating and enjoyable experience."

"The lectures were fascinating. The group discussions helped break the ice and work together on practical ideas, which I enjoyed a lot."

"I’ve benefited a lot from the experiences of my colleagues as well as the lecturers and mentors, and I’ve also found answers and solutions to many of the issues I had with teaching literary translation."

"I gained a lot of tips I can implement right away and information to discuss with my colleagues to develop our curriculum."

Click here to watch our public events from past editions