Sep 6

Japan Writers Conference: Todd Jay Leonard discusses the EFL textbook market

Posted by Tom Baker Textbook author Todd Jay is one of the JET alumni writers who will be giving presentations at the 2020 Japan Writers Conference. Due to the coronavirus, this year’s event is being held online, so you can Zoom in from wherever you are. For details, see http://japanwritersconference.org. Here’s the official description of […]


Sep 6

Japan Writers Conference: Suzanne Kamata speaks on writing about characters with disabilities

Posted by Tom Baker Prolific author Suzanne Kamata is one of several JET alumni writers who will be giving presentations at the 2020 Japan Writers Conference. Due to the coronavirus, this year’s event is being held online, so you can Zoom in from wherever you are. For details, see http://japanwritersconference.org. Here’s the official description of […]


Sep 6

Charles Kowalski to dissect villains at Japan Writers Conference

Posted by Tom Baker Many JETs are writers before coming to Japan, while others find that Japan give them something to write about. And many JET writers get involved in the Japan Writers Conference, which this year is being held online, Oct. 10-11. One of this year’s featured writers is novelist and JET alum Charles […]


Aug 24

Panel discussion on MFAs at 2020 Japan Writers Conference

Posted by Tom Baker Many JETs are writers before coming to Japan, while others find that Japan give them something to write about. If you’re thinking about furthering your writing career by getting an MFA, then you might want to listen to what JET alums Percival Constantine and Warren Decker have to say about. The […]


Apr 8

Posted by Tom Baker The annual Japan Writers Conference is seeking writers, editors and translators to give presentations at this year’s event, to be held in October in Kanagawa Prefecture. Through the years, many JETs and JET alumni writers, including freelancers, have spoken at or attended this event. This year, former JET Charles Kowalski will […]


Apr 6

Job: Tourism-related writer (Japan) or copyeditor (anywhere)

Posted by Tom Baker This job listing come from Brendan Craine, a managing editor at Export Japan, a small translation and content production company in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. The job involves the production of expository text for Japan’s various tourist sites under the auspices of the Japan Tourism Agency. Applicants must complete certain trials by April […]


Dec 15

Job: Tour Consultant / Co-ordinator / Guide (Tokyo area)

Posted by Tom Baker. Job Title: Tour Consultant / Coordinator / GuidePosted by: Journeys of DiscoveryLocation: Tokyo areaContract: Full-Time The following information was passed along by Ryoji Shimada, a friend of a JET alum, who has sometimes worked with the company. Journeys of Discovery is a Toronto-based Canadian tour company operating tours to Japan for Canadian travellers. […]


Sep 24

    Posted by Tom Baker Novelist and former Aomori Prefecture JET Charles Kowalski, the author of the thrillers “Mind Virus” and “The Devil’s Son,” as well as the new middle-grade novel, “Simon Grey and the March of a Hundred Ghosts,” will present a workshop on giving names to fictional characters at this year’s Japan […]


Sep 21

  Posted by Tom Baker Kanazawa JET Michael Frazier is set to lead a poetry workshop at this year’s Japan Writers Conference (Oct. 12-13 in Tokyo). Here’s the official description: Haibun, Tanka, Pecha Kucha—Contemporary English-Language Poets & Japanese Forms Craft Workshop This workshop focuses on the influences of unsung Japanese poetic forms on contemporary English […]


Sep 15

  Posted by Tom Baker A trio of current JETs – Micah Tasaka, Yoshika Wason, and Michael Frazier – will be among nearly 50 published writers making presentations at this year’s Japan Writers Conference (Oct. 12-13 in Tokyo). Here’s the official description of what they’ll do: Beyond Borders: Creating Connective Writing Communities Reading, Panel, and […]


Aug 29

Posted by Tom Baker. JET alum Suzanne Kamata will be among nearly 50 published writers making presentations at this year’s Japan Writers Conference (Oct. 12-13 in Tokyo). Here’s the official description of her talk: “Wheelchair User or Wheelchair-bound?: Representations of Persons with Disabilities in Children’s Books” Short lecture with Q & A In this session, […]


Aug 29

Posted by Tom Baker. JET alum Jennifer Hammer will be among nearly 50 published writers making presentations at this year’s Japan Writers Conference (Oct. 12-13 in Tokyo). Here’s the official description of her talk: “NaNoWriMo: What Are These Syllables and Why Do Writers Care?” This lecture will focus on what exactly NaNoWriMo is, the pros […]


Aug 29

Posted by Tom Baker. JET alum Todd Jay Leonard will be among nearly 50 published writers making presentations at this year’s Japan Writers Conference (Oct. 12-13 in Tokyo). Here’s the official description of his talk: “Publishing in the EFL Market in Japan: Four Perspectives on How to Make your Proposal Count” Short lecture with Q […]


May 17

2019 Japan Writers Conference wants you!

  Posted by Tom Baker The 13th annual Japan Writer’s Conference will be held on the weekend of Oct. 12-13 at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. The organizers are now seeking writers to give presentations. If you would like to participate, contact details appear at the bottom of this post. Each year, the Japan Writers […]


Sep 23

Posted by Tom Baker The Japan Writers Conference, a free annual event that invariably attracts at least a few JETs, will be held at Otaru University of Commerce on Oct. 13 and 14. One of the JETs giving presentations this year will be Suzanne Kamata, who will be giving two of the 36 presentations scheduled for the […]


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