Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (APWT) formerly Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership' | APWT builds, promotes and helps sustain the careers of authors and literary translators in the Asia Pacific region.


Here's what we need to motivate quality translation of literature from the many languages and dialects in countries throughout Asia: Literary Translation Prizes that offer real financial incentive to enter. Can YOU work with others to introduce a literary translation prize in an Asian country. One or two already exist, but not enough. Take a look at this Russian literary translation prize as a model. Read more »»
posted by - | date - 29th August 2014 | category - General, Lit AP, Literary Prizes, News - General, Notices | 0

Preparations for Indonesia’s 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair

Indonesia will be the guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair (FFB) in 2015. But how many translations will be ready? Article by John H. McGlynn. Of all international book-associated events, FFB is the mother of them all. Not only is it the world’s first book fair—established in the 15th century—it is also the largest book-publishing event in the world. Each year about 7,500 exhibitors from more Read more »»
posted by - | date - 14th February 2014 | category - General, News - FRONT PAGE ONLY! | 0

WrICE: the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange Program

In the lead up AP Writers 2014 conference in Singapore, RMIT is holding its own writing workshops featuring many of the authors we associated with us. (See Award-winning novelist Melissa Lucashenko, Poet and writer Maxine Beneba Clarke, RMIT writing students and graduates Jennifer Down, Amarlie Foster and Harriet McKnight as well as Singaporean poet Alvin Pang, Singapore-based writer Robin Hemley, Malaysian writers Bernice Chauly and Eddin Khoo, Read more »»
posted by - | date - 30th January 2014 | category - General | 0

2nd Irrawaddy Literature Festival – Feb. 2014

There’s an air of excitement in Mandalay, the second Irrawaddy Literature Festival (ILF) will be taking place from 14-16 February and everyone is free to attend. Literally! The event will takes place in the Kuthodaw Pagoda grounds for general public admission. Following the success of last year’s inaugural event the organisers have enjoyed widespread support as Myanmar rapidly opens up to hitherto unseen freedoms. This Read more »»
posted by - | date - 9th January 2014 | category - General, Lit Festivals & Conferences, News - General | 0

Reaching the World 2013

It's over for another year, our October 3-6 gathering was the most successful to date, held in conjunction with UNESCO’s ‘Bangkok World Book Capital 2013'. The success of this year’s event was due not only to more than 150 writers from 22 countries joining us, many of them funding themselves, but also to the generosity of the BMA.
posted by - | date - 13th October 2013 | category - General | 0

Bangkok Hosts 2013 Writers’ Conference & Literary Fest

Together with the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority, the Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University, Asia Books, and the support of five foreign Embassies, Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (AP Writers) again brings together Thai and international authors for a conference which this year culminates in a free one-day literary festival. The literary festival and conference, together called ‘Reaching the World 2013’, will be held from 3 to Read more »»

I’m thrilled to announce, on behalf of the committee, that we will be returning to Bangkok once more this October for the second Reaching the World Conference, please do join us. If you're new here we encourage you to sign up for membership and enjoy numerous benefits. AP Writers' Organisation membership is open to all writers and translators in the Asia-Pacific region. -  Nury Vittachi
posted by - | date - 30th July 2013 | category - General | 0

Update & News

Registration for our Bangkok meeting ‘Reaching the World 2013’ should open by mid August at which time we will send out an email to all members.  If you know anyone who might be interested in joining us, please let them know. The details will also appear on this website: News from some founding members. Gold Dust, a writer mentoring scheme, started by the author Read more »»
posted by - | date - 11th July 2013 | category - General, News - General | 0

Members News

Festival Round-Up Spreading the Word The Shanghai Literary Festival is in its 11th year. Michael Vatikiotis writes: ‘Thinking last month’s literary debut in Yangon (the Irrawaddy Literary Festival) could be a hard act to follow, I was pleased to see a festival that has grown very comfortable in its skin, makes no pretence to be more than it is, and serves its audience really quite Read more »»
posted by - | date - 16th March 2013 | category - General | 0