The Creative Literary Studio is a place ‘of’ and ‘for’ textual creations. Here, we want to explore the act of writing and rewriting, and discover new experimental ways of text making, including translations, adaptations, revisitations. We are passionate about translation, as a form of creative writing enhancing and transforming texts, and generating new ones.
The Studio, as opposed to the solo writer desk, is a virtual place where different ideas on text making converge, and a place which privileges collaboration and co-writing. In this shared space, the practice of literary translation can unfold into an artistic and performative act. This blog therefore wishes to bring new perceptions onto writing practices: experimentation, debate, and above all a celebration of the resplendent art of text making are our main interests. The Studio embraces both the text of ‘departure’ and that of ‘arrival’, and the journey from one to the other.
We will propose a theme every three or four months, which will raise a variety of questions and promote new ideas. For the next two months we are going to explore and play with the translation of mythology. We invite you to take part in this activity by sharing with us what it means to translate mythology in current times.
If you wish to try out a creative approach you can send us your own experimental translations of Greek or Latin myths, Norse myths, or any other myth from different cultures and literatures. The translation can take a verbal shape, but not only. Also welcome are non-verbal texts, which play with the inherent multimodality of most texts, that is the aural and oral elements of poems and choruses; the visual images that texts generate in the mind of the reader; words, body language, sounds, music, movements in the drama.
What is important for the blog is to explore the process, and therefore your text should be accompanied by a short (or long) account on what/why/how your writing has formed and developed. This would make possible, as in a Studio, to see the ‘live show’ of text creation, its process. The commentary can take any form and be as creative and experimental as you wish.
The beautiful art of text making: go and make one now! Send us your contribution(s) at firstname.lastname@example.org