The Scottish Network of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting

Autumn Workshop 2019


09:30 - 13:30


Nicholson Square Methodist Church, Edinburgh
Nicholson Square Methodist Church, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX

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ITI Scottish Network invites you to its autumn workshop:



9:30   Registration/foregather (tea/coffee available)
10:00 Workshop (part 1)
11:30 Refreshment break
12:00 Workshop (part 2)
1:30   End of workshop
2:00   Lunch at Ciao Roma

Workshop’s topic

Technical translators with excellent technical writing skills stand out from the crowd, in the quality of their translations and in their income potential. But too few technical translators consider the style of the texts they produce.

Karen will briefly start by reviewing the techniques for producing optimal texts that convey information effectively, precisely, clearly, and concisely – the basic principles of good technical writing – and then move on to more advanced techniques.

Karen works into English, but the materials are structured so that people working into any language will have to reflect on which of the ideas apply for their target language: first theoretically and then practically after the coffee break. Translators who work into English but not typically on technical texts will also be considered: they will be encouraged to reflect on which principles apply for all English texts and which they need to jettison for their work.

The entire event will be interactive. The second portion will be hands-on and include sample texts that highlight problem areas to edit in small groups according to target language (groups will be formed on the day). Attendees should leave knowing how to apply the theory and practical tips presented, starting on Monday morning!

Our speaker

Karen McMillan TkaczykKaren McMillan Tkaczyk first trained as a chemist, then after having children changed course and became a freelance technical translator and editor. She has been translating, editing and proofreading since 2006.

Karen has more than a decade of in-person training and public speaking under her belt. She gives much of her training in two areas: scientific subject-matter expertise for translators, and great scientific and technical writing and editing.

Karen is originally from the UK and has lived in the US since 1999. Karen is a Fellow of ITI and a tutor on its Setting up as Freelance Translator course; she is heavily involved in the American Translators Association and currently serves as its Secretary. She tweets as @ChemXlator.

Venue & Lunch

The event will take place at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX. The venue is 15 mins walk from Waverley Station.
City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
For lunch we will head to the nearby restaurant Ciao Roma (64 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1LS) for some lovely Italian food. Please note that the lunch is pay-as-you-go as we will be able to order from their à la carte menu. The menu (see sample) caters for all dietary requirements.


Below are the prices for the ScotNet workshop:

  • ITI Scottish Network members: free
  • ITI members: £5
  • Non-ITI members: £10
  • Students: £3

Please note that lunch is not included in these prices. If you are joining us for lunch, please pay directly at the restaurant (à la carte service).


To register, please download, complete and return this form to Angelika’s address, and make your payment (if any – see the Cost section above) as indicated in the form by Sunday, 22 September 2019.

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