Know what you want. Get together. Do your research. Get online. Go outside.
Know what you want
- Have a clear goal. What is the main thing you want to achieve?
- Would you like to improve working conditions for translators?
- Do you seek professional development, and enhance the quality of translation?
- Do you wish to gain visibility?
- Do you wish to exchange experiences and information?
- You need to start a community. You need to know that there are others who are as committed as yourself. Start with a group of friends, or invite colleagues you know to a drink and discuss your ideas.
- Contact the most prominent translators in your country and try to get them on board.
Do your research
- Map the terrain:
- Is there already an association in your country?
- Is it operational? If not, is reviving it a lost cause?
- If yes, read on.
- Get legal:
- What regulations are there defining CSO organisations in your country (NGOs, professional organisations, unions, cultural associations)?
- Are there specific requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to start an association?
- Find out what type of organisation best suits your needs.
- Establish an online presence. It is easy and it does not need to cost anything.
- Start a blog (a free Bloggger or WordPress blog, similar to this one).
- Create a Facebook page, also cost-free.
- Get on any type of social media you can think of (Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
- Create a Facebook group, a Google group, or another type of email forum for internal chit-chat.
- Organise promotional events. Visit universities. Invite fellow translators to informal gatherings.
- Locate potential allies and main opponents. Are there institutions who will support you?
- Other writers’ organisations?
- Cultural institutes?
- Universities or research institutions?
- Individual publishers or publishers’ associations?
- Librarians or librarians’ associations?
- Book clubs?
- Collective management organisation?
CEATL is an ally. Feel free to contact us or any CEATL member association you feel might help.
Check out this success story:
Starting an Association: ARTLIT, established in Romania in 2014