ALTA45 FAQ

ALTA45 FAQ

Last updated 5.25.22

FAQ List

General Information

Sessions, Workshops, Pitch Sessions, and Bilingual Readings

Registration and Sponsorship

Staying Connected

General Information

What format will ALTA45 take? 

We know that many people in our community have been looking forward to finding out more about the format of this year’s ALTA conference. We are excited to let you know that this year, after considering the ever-evolving pandemic, attendance at our last two conferences, and survey feedback from ALTA members, ALTA’s Board and staff are bringing you something new: rather than a conference, we will be providing you with an exciting year-round series of virtual programming from ALTA. The theme for ALTA’s 45th year is “Value(s).” Find out more about this on our blog.

When will ALTA45 take place?

We’re kicking off our year-long series right away: the first round of Bilingual Readings and multilingual translation workshops will take place at the end of April. Two Thursdays each month will feature two panels and/or roundtables. Bilingual readings will happen on the last Tuesday of each month, and will be followed by a social hour. Workshops will take place twice, in April and August. Pitch Sessions will also take place twice, in May and September. Special programming will run throughout September and October. You can see a calendar of events here.  

What virtual platform(s) will be used this year?

Our ticketing platform this year is Eventbrite. Programming will take place in Zoom meetings accessed through the link you will receive in your email from Eventbrite. 

How will I join my virtual session/reading?

The emails you receive from Eventbrite (confirmation and reminders) will contain a link to join the Zoom event. You'll also be able to add events to your personal calendar.

I can't find my Zoom link. Where do I look?

IMPORTANT: We send Zoom links in the confirmation email you receive from Eventbrite when you register for an event. Please read your confirmation emails from Eventbrite carefully, and save these links.

Will the ALTA conference be held in person next year?

We anticipate returning to an in-person conference in Tucson, Arizona in fall 2023.

I need to request a disability-related accommodation. Who should I speak with?

Please write to Program Manager Kelsi Vanada at kelsi@literarytranslators.org. You can visit our Accessibility webpage for updates as well.

Sessions, Workshops, Pitch Sessions, and Bilingual Readings

What is the deadline for proposing a session for ALTA45? 

The deadline for proposing a panel or roundtable is June 20, 2022. Only members may propose sessions, beginning in April 2022.

What is the difference between a panel and a roundtable?

Panels feature a moderator and up to 3 additional presenters who share their ideas on a topic and then invite audience Q&A. Roundtables are discussion groups--organizers of roundtables don't have an outcome in mind, so much as a question they'd like to put heads together about. Please be sure to read the full descriptions found in our Proposal Guidelines.

Do presenters (panelists, roundtable participants, and bilingual readers) have to purchase registration to ALTA45?

Yes. As always, all participants (panelists, roundtable participants, and readers) must purchase a registration to take part in ALTA45 programming. Presenter registrations help ALTA cover the cost of putting on our programming. Panelists and roundtable participants must purchase an all-access registration. Bilingual readers may purchase a single-event ticket due to the rolling nature of our reading signups, but if you are able, please purchase an all-access registration to support not only your individual reading but also the entire season.

Who will participate in each roundtable, and how do they sign up?

Roundtable participants will be able to sign up via Google Form shared in our newsletter and on our website. Roundtables will fill up on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum number of participants is 15, including organizers (if there are 2 organizers, 13 participants can sign up, or 12 participants can sign up if there are 3 organizers). However, roundtables will also be open to unlimited audience members, who will be invited to join without participating.

What if I want to watch a roundtable, but not sign up as a participant?

Roundtables will be open to unlimited audience members, who will be invited to join without participating. Virtual roundtables will take place in Zoom, and audience members will not be able to turn on their camera or mic. To access the roundtable, audience members and participants alike must purchase registration via Eventbrite.

Can I propose a roundtable with more than three organizers? 

No, in the interest of involving as many people as possible as participants in ALTA45, three organizers is the maximum. Please note that the two or three organizers of any session will only be able to be listed as organizers for that one session, and they cannot propose a second session.

Is there a limit as to the number of proposals a person can be part of?

Per our proposal guidelines "at least one organizer must be a current ALTA member in order to propose a panel or roundtable, and organizers may only propose ONE panel or roundtable)." So, organizers can only be part of one proposal.

Can I change my title, lineup, and description if my panel or roundtable is accepted?

No. For staff to have sufficient time to program accepted panels and roundtables, what you submit in the proposal form will be final.

How do I propose an individual Bilingual Reading or a group reading?

The annual tradition of the Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series will continue virtually in 2022. Readings will not be by application this year; instead, they will be first-come, first-served, with priority given to ALTA members. Signups for reading slots will take place through Google forms, which will be shared in ALTA's newsletter and on our ALTA45 event web page

If I am the organizer of a roundtable or a presenter on a panel, can I also participate in other sessions?

Panel presenters and roundtable organizers are welcome to join unlimited additional sessions as audience members.

Will recordings of virtual events be made available?

Those who have purchased a registration to an event will receive a link in their confirmation email from Eventbrite to view the event recording on ALTA's Crowdcast channel. You will need to supply your email address, but will not be charged to view the recording. Please be patient with our staff as we edit, caption, and upload event recordings to Crowdcast following events.

How do I sign up to take part in a Roundtable or Bilingual Reading?

Please visit our ALTA45 event page for signup information for upcoming events.

How do I sign up for a Multilingual Workshop and Pitch Sessions?

Conference attendees will be able to sign up for workshops on our Eventbrite page through April 8. Pitch sessions are exclusive to ALTA members at no additional charge, and information about May pitch session signups will be emailed to all current ALTA members on April 18. Read more here, and if you need to sign up or renew your membership, you can do so here.

What can I expect after I pitch my translation to an editor at ALTA45?

If the editor you make your pitch to asks to see your work (congratulations!), you are responsible for asking them for their contact info during the pitch session, as ALTA will not distribute editor contact info to attendees. If you write to the editor, it may take them some time to get back to you, and you should also be prepared that they may not, if they decide the work is not a good fit for their publication. 

I need to cancel my pitch session: What do I do?

We understand that other obligations may come up that conflict with your scheduled pitch session. To cancel a session, please email Jessica at jessica@literarytranslators.org as soon as you are able. 

Where can I read about the presenters taking part in this year's programming?

Click this link to view the list of ALTA45 Presenter Bios. Bios are organized by event.

Registration and Sponsorship

How do I register for the 2022 programming? How much do tickets cost?

Online registration opens on March 15, 2022. More registration information can be found on our registration web page. ALTA members receive 20% off registration and tickets and free pitch sessions with translation publishers, among many other benefits. If you are not currently a member, you can join ALTA or renew your membership on our website. 

I know that members receive 20% off of all panels, roundtables, readings, and workshops. How do I access the member price?

Use the member code sent to you by email (search for "ALTA member promo code"). If you need your code, write to us at info@literarytranslators.org. To use your 20% off ALTA member promo code or the 100% off promo code you received when you registered for an all-access pass, click "Tickets" in the event you want to sign up for, then input the code at the top of the list of tickets where it says "Enter promo code" in blue (see screenshot below as an example). Be sure to click "Apply" and you'll see the price change.

Do presenters (panelists, roundtable participants, and bilingual readers) have to purchase registration to ALTA45?

Yes. As always, all participants (panelists, roundtable participants, and readers) must purchase a registration to take part in ALTA45 programming. Presenter registrations help ALTA cover the cost of putting on our programming. Panelists and roundtable participants must purchase an all-access registration. Bilingual readers may purchase a single-event ticket due to the rolling nature of our reading signups, but if you are able, please purchase an all-access registration to support not only your individual reading but also the entire season.

I paid for an ALTA45 All-Access Registration. How do I attend events?

When you purchase an ALTA45 All-Access Registration, you will receive a promo code in your confirmation email that can be used throughout all of 2022 to register for the events of your choice without paying again (panels, roundtables, and bilingual readings). Please note that you WILL still need to register through Eventbrite for events you want to attend, but it is quick and easy to sign up with your 100% off promo code.

What payment options are there for registration?

You may pay for registration using a credit or debit card, or via PayPal. We do not accept cash or check.

What are this year’s sponsorship opportunities?

We will offer a variety of virtual sponsorship options for this year's programming, designed to help you get the word out about your publications, press, or translation program–including advertisements in our digital program book, to be released during ALTA's 2022 awards season. Please check our Sponsorship page in the coming weeks for more opportunities to reach ALTA’s audience. Contact: Program Manager Kelsi Vanada

Staying Connected

How can I get involved?

There are a number of ways you can be involved with ALTA and contribute to the community. Become an ALTA member; consider volunteering to serve as a committee member or National Translation Award expert reader; and please consider making a charitable donation to ALTA.

Where can I read my fellow attendee's bios?

Bios for presenters, roundtable organizers, and bilingual readers will be collected in a Google doc this year, due to the rolling nature of event signups.

Where should I look for updates regarding ALTA45? 

Stay tuned on our website, and follow our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed to find out about conference updates. Please sign up for our monthly newsletter as well, if you have not already done so!

 

Have a question not answered here? Email us anytime at info@literarytranslators.org. At this time, the ALTA office phone, (520) 621-1757, is not being answered. However, if you leave us a voicemail, we will get back to you.