SWET: Society of Writers, Editors & Translators

SWET (Society of Writers, Editors & Translators) is a Tokyo-based organization that began informally in 1980 when about a hundred “WETs” gathered for the purpose of sharing knowledge and information. Based in Tokyo, the group is still alive and still intimate, with about 200 members. It has expanded to include individuals associated with teaching, research, rewriting, design, production, copywriting and anything else related to English text and publishing.

SWET also has its own newsletter, which it began in 1981. It is a humble but extremely helpful black and white (OK, not white, but beige), stapled publication in English numbering about 70ish pages. The contents vary from issue to issue and are somewhat eclectic. Expect to find interviews, critical essays, reflections, poetry, reviews, educational musings and an enormous wealth of advice. The contributors are hardened veterans so whether you are immersed in this industry or simply thinking about, you will likely find the publication—and the people associated with it—invaluable.

Although the group is based in Tokyo, its membership is borderless. People overseas can join and pay dues through the website to receive the newsletter.




General inquiries about SWET and membership:
Society of Writers, Editors and Translators
1-16 Kita Iwaoka, Tokorozawa
Saitama 359-0007
Fax: 81-(0)3-3430-1740
SWET-L Internet Mailing List
Newtork via this free service, open to non-SWET members also, for discussion of topics in English writing, editing, translating and publishing related to Japan. To join, send a message to swet-l-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. (That is the letter “l” in the middle)

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