May 2

SWET Presents: Writing Multicultural Families (Tokyo)

The Society of Writers, Editors, and Translators presents: Writing Multicultural Families Time: Saturday, May 16, 2009, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Place: Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan Fee: Panel discussion and dinner: 5,000 yen (includes makunouchi bento meal) – Reservations required by May 12; email SWET Events or SCBWI Events, or fax 03-3430-1740 Panel discussion only: 2,000 […]

May 1

Japan Writer’s Conference seeks poets and writers (Kyoto)

Thanks to author Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90) for sharing this: The 3rd Annual Japan Writer’s Conference will be held October 17-18, 2009 at Doshisha Women’s College, Imadegawa Campus, Kyoto, Japan.  Organizers are now seeking proposals from poets and writers for presentations. First call deadline is May 15, 2009.  For more information, see

Apr 30

Author Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90) contacted me to let me know that poet Craig Arnold is missing in Japan.  There is an effort underway to draw more attention to Craig’s disappearance to help pressure Japanese and U.S. authorities to take action. For more information about the effort, please visit For more information on Craig […]

Apr 29

JetWit gathering in Tokyo May 15 for Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

*************** Hi everybody! (especially if you live in Tokyo!) On May 15, 2009, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is hosting a presentation by Laura Rennert, a senior agent of Andrea Brown Literary Agency, about the craft of writing.  I plan on attending this event (which is in Shibuya) and would like to […]

Apr 22

************************** Author Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90), who serves as the publicity assistant for the Tokyo branch of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, shared the following announcement: The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators presents Literary Agent Laura Rennert Under the Hood: The Nuts and Bolts of Craft Time: Friday, May 15, […]

Apr 8

Writers: Useful upcoming events from SWET (Tokyo)

Via the Society for Writers Editors and Translators (SWET) e-mail list.  Several workshops/discussions/presentations that seem to be very useful for writers and translators in Japan: SWET News, April 8, 2009 For details on the following upcoming events, see below: 1) April 21 (Tues)–SWET OPEN FORUM: Wordsmithing in Japan (Tokyo) 2) May 16 (Sat)– WRITING MULTICULTURAL […]

Apr 22

JetWit Blog Beat by Crystal Wong

JetWit Blog Beat by Crystal Wong (Iwate-ken, 2002-04) is a recurring item featuring posts from the blogs of various JET alumni.  Crystal is a formerEnglish-language writer for Kyodo News. She now works as a media planner in Chelsea and sorely misses all her favorite midtown ramen joints. Hello JetWit readers! Blog Beat was on a […]

Sep 21

*Newest Additions to the JetWit Blog Roll* Chow, Janice – Momoko Mashups Iwasaki, Marcia (Osaka-fu, 2001-06) – Based in Toronto, Ontario, Marcia does children’s book illustrations and graphic design.  Read her blog here: Mel – (Aomori, 2008~) – Mel’s Adventures in Japan Rogers, Steve – Northern Tohoku Exposure Sakamoto, Sean – (Gifu-ken, 2008~) – […]

Sep 21

Auslin, Michael (Prefecture, Years) – Michael is Director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and formerly a professor of Japanese history at Yale University.  He also appeared as a guest judge on an episode of Iron Chef America (one where Chef Morimoto was the selected Iron Chef). Japan Society – 100th anniversary publication […]

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