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A past participant says: “After muddling along rudderless for many years (and earning a correspondingly mediocre income) I took my first class with Corinne McKay, “Beyond the Basics of Freelancing.” The content, homework, and collegial support provided the inspiration I needed to move my freelance business into higher gear, and the subsequent concrete increase to my income led me to enroll in other courses, including “Marketing to Direct Clients” and “Breaking into the Book Translation Market.” Fast-forward a couple of years: my more diversified portfolio of clients now provides me with steady, interesting work year-round and my income has more than doubled to reach six figures. These courses are a wise investment in yourself!”

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Upcoming instructor-led courses

January master class: Interpreting for depositions, with Judy Jenner


Instructor: Judy Jenner, FCCI
Date/time: Friday, January 24, 12:30-2:30 PM US Eastern (New York) time. Recording provided to participants after the master class.
Cost: $75
Description: Join expert instructor Judy Jenner–who has interpreted at over 800 depositions–for a two-hour master class on the structure of depositions, the parties, the objectives, the terminology, and how to find work with law firms needing this service. Presented in English and open to interpreters in all languages.

Editing and proofreading for into-English translators

Karen Tkaczyk
Instructor: Karen Tkaczyk, PhD, CT, FITI
Next session: January 14-February 7, 2020
Cost: $365 until December 14; $380 thereafter if spots are still available.
Special offers: $15 discount for members of the American Translators Association; apply coupon code ATA at checkout. This can be combined with one of the following: $15 discount for anyone who has taken a Training for Translators class; apply coupon code ALUM at checkout. $10 discount for anyone who has never taken a Training for Translators class; apply coupon code NEW at checkout.
A past participant says: Stellar teaching. The course structure was excellent. Each lesson built on what we had previously discussed. At the beginning of each lesson, Karen reminded us of the initial overview and course outline, which helped participants connect earlier information with what was coming next.”

Marketing to direct clients


Instructor: Corinne McKay, CT
Next session: January 7-February 4, 2020. All participants will receive an hour of individual consulting time after the course ends
Cost: $365 until December 15; $380 thereafter if spots are still available.
Special offers: $15 discount for members of the American Translators Association; apply coupon code ATA at checkout. This can be combined with one of the following: $15 discount for anyone who has taken a Training for Translators class; apply coupon code ALUM at checkout. $10 discount for anyone who has never taken a Training for Translators class; apply coupon code NEW at checkout.
A past participant says:After reading Corinne’s excellent book and doing private consulting sessions with her, I didn’t think there was much more I could learn about marketing to direct clients. How mistaken I was! The course greatly exceeded my expectations.”

Getting started as a freelance translator


Instructor: Corinne McKay, CT
Next session: March 30-April 30, 2020; no class during the week of April 20.
Cost: $365 until March 15; $380 thereafter if spots are still available.
Special offers: $15 discount for members of the American Translators Association; apply coupon code ATA at checkout. This can be combined with one of the following: $15 discount for anyone who has taken a Training for Translators class; apply coupon code ALUM at checkout. $10 discount for anyone who has never taken a Training for Translators class; apply coupon code NEW at checkout.
A past participant says:The benefits of investing in Corinne’s training extend beyond the duration of a course. She is happy to provide her thoughts and advice on issues you may run into months or even years afterward. When you take one of her classes, you get not just a knowledgeable instructor but also a helpful colleague.”

Pre-recorded master classes available for purchase

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Proper use of commas in German, taught by Dagmar Jenner

Cost: $75. Links to worksheet and streaming video will appear in the Order Details section of your receipt.
Description: Join German orthography expert Dagmar Jenner for a 90-minute session on the proper use of commas in German, including both basic and advanced techniques.

 

Past participants say…

“At the start of this year I decided to invest in myself and take Corinne McKay’s course Beyond the Basics of Freelancing. The course was fantastic, full of lots of interesting materials and useful tips and tricks on how to move forward with our businesses. I was particularly struck with how generous Corinne is with her time and how she makes herself available on conference calls, inviting questions to answer and debating business issues with fellow translators. If you are wondering how to move up a gear in your business and take it to the next level, studying the BBF course is an excellent way to help you do that.” -Jason Willis-Lee, MITI

“The coaching group definitely gave me a strong incentive to work on marketing every day because of the built-in accountability. I miss the calls now!  Overall, I’m very glad I did it, and I don’t think I would ever have done this much work on my own!” -a participant in the advanced coaching and accountability group
Neither in my undergraduate classes in education nor in some of the more practical classes I took as part of my MA in English (including the course connected to my assistantship as a writing consultant) did I ever experience one course that delivered as much precise and helpful information as Corinne’s course.”- a participant in “Getting Started as a Freelance Translator

This class offers a great overview of all the essential aspects of book translation and helped me narrow in on the best avenues to pursue based on my background and interests. One of the best parts of the class was the opportunity to get direct feedback from Corinne and to ask her so many questions.” -a participant in “Breaking Into the Book Translation Market

“Simply put, this is one of the finest resources for any translator. No matter what your specialization is, I guarantee you will take something away from Corinne’s online course. For those just starting, it will instruct and guide. For veterans, it can remind and reaffirm. In either case, you’ll definitely enjoy the experience!”

“Corinne is a blessing to all of us translators that have not reached terminal velocity yet. She is very knowledgeable about all aspects of a freelance translator’s challenges and has great passion for helping her students. Her books are great, but her online course is even better, because you take a feeling of “I can do this!” from it. I had a big increase in income the year after I took Corinne’s course and I attribute a large portion of that success to Corinne. I could not think of a better way to give your freelancing career a big boost than taking her course. Very inspirational, very valuable information, great program all-round!”

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