It’s that time again, and the American Translators Association’s 56th annual conference is open for registration! We’ll be meeting from November 4-7 in sunny Miami, Florida, and the program looks fantastic. We received a huge number of session proposals for the 175 slots this year, which is usually an indicator of a well-attended conference (last year in Chicago was our second-largest conference ever).
You can read all about the conference and register at the link above. A few special features to mention:
- Wednesday’s preconference day is always a great chance to get some in-depth training before the conference starts. This year we’re once again offering Tool Training (for SDL Trados Studio, memoQ and Deja Vu), and a number of preconference seminars (including a not-to-be-missed French to English seminar on French cultural literacy, presented by Angela Benoit and Eve Bodeux).
- I’m also really excited about the Book Splash, where various ATA authors will be exhibiting and selling their books (I’m hoping to debut the third edition of How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator).
- If you’re attending the conference for the first time, I highly recommend signing up for the very helpful Newbies and Buddies program. This pairs up first-time attendees with seasoned attendees before the opening reception, so that you have someone to help you navigate the conference.
- And, oh happy day, this year we have free wifi throughout the conference space.
One final item: if you meet the requirements for ATA Voting Membership, please complete the free, fast, fully online process today so that you can vote in the 2015 ATA elections. We have a great slate of candidates (I will humbly mention that I’m honored to have been nominated for President-elect), including six people running for three Director spots, but you can’t vote for any of them if you’re not an ATA Voting Member. And you can vote by online proxy even if you’re not attending the conference.
Hoping to see lots of you in Miami in November!