Events sponsored and organized by NOTIS
Contact us if you would like to propose a NOTIS event.

Upcoming events

    • 23 Jun 2018
    • 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • The Bounty, 1218 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
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    Back by popular demand, it's the NOTIS Literary Translation Open Mic Night, the premier literary and social event of the summer! We'll hear poetry and prose in translation from our talented members. Come and cheer on your creative colleagues and enjoy The Bounty's beer, wine, and coffee bar.


    Translators who want to read should submit their name, the title and author of the text they want to read from (in their own English translation), and a short description of the piece (genre, style, history and importance) by email to by June 18, 2018. From those applicants, we'll pick 8 names to read for exactly 5 minutes each. Selections will be made based on the following criteria:

    • Variety of sources languages, styles, and genres
    • Past attendance and involvement of the translator in NOTIS's Northwest Literary Translators in-person events and online discussions
    •  Recency of publications, awards, etc. for the piece being submitted
    Missed the deadline? No problem! At the event, organizers will also select additional readers randomly as time allows, so even if your submission is not selected in that first group of 8, come prepared to read.

    For more information or to apply to read, contact Shelley at

    • 07 Jul 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Auditorium
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     NOTIS Community Interpreters Division presents

    Interpreting for OT/PT/Speech and

    Dealing with Difficult Interpreting Encounters 

    Have you ever noticed that interpreting for therapies has unique challenges? Where do you stand? Should you use simultaneous mode to keep up? What about all that jargon? In our four-hour morning session we will review interpreting for these three therapies, looking at vocabulary specific to these encounters, and practice role play interpreting scenarios.
    In the three-hour afternoon session, we will learn new strategies for dealing with difficult encounters. If you have ever asked a colleague, “What would you do in this situation?” and gotten the answer “Well, it depends…” this session is for you! We will consider some things that make interpreting encounters stressful (the environment, working with other people, your own triggers) and explore the tools we have available to deal with each of those demands. There will be ample opportunity for practice – bring your questions and your input!

      Yvonne Simpson is the Medical Interpreter Supervisor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She holds a Master of Arts in Spanish (Linguistics) and has significant experience in interpreting, translating, teaching and training. Yvonne is a DSHS Certified Spanish Medical Interpreter and is a Certified Medical Interpreter through the National Board.

      Saturday, July 7, 2018

    Check-in at 7:30.
    PLEASE ARRIVE AT 7:30 to sign in. Class from 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Where?  Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – Auditorium (basement) Address: 2811 Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98902

    Cost? $60 NOTIS members, $80 Non-members (Click to Join NOTIS).

    Registration? Via the web (before 5:00 p.m. on July 3rd)

    Click on the Registration button below to register.

    After registering, you will receive an email confirmation; if you do not receive a confirmation, your registration did not go through.

    Mail in registration is not available for this workshop.  

    Please submit a separate registration for each person registering.

    Registration will be limited to the first 100 applicants.

    Refunds?  We regret that no refunds can be given after July 3rd. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before July 3rd.

    CE credits?  Seven continuing education credits are being requested for this workshop from the ATA, from CCHI, from the Washington State DSHS and from the Administrator of the Courts. Certificates of Attendance will be awarded to all who arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop.

    Directions?  Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is located at 2811 Tieton Dr in Yakima.  The training will take place in the Auditorium. The auditorium is located in the basement of the hospital to the right of the West Elevators, directly across the hallway from the out-patient pharmacy.

    A map of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and directions to the campus can be found at Parking is free on weekends.

    Food? In order to offer this unique opportunity at an affordable price, no refreshments will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own water, coffee and snacks. Memorial Café restaurant near the auditorium has a nice variety of hot and cold dishes available during the lunch break.

    Anything else? If you require accommodation, please contact the NOTIS Office Manager ( at least 3 weeks in advance if possible.

    Questions about class content? Please contact Yvonne Simpson at

    Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at

    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Vancouver, WA
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents
    The Vocabulary of Cardiology: SPANISH SPECIFIC (Hours TBD) by Joe Tein
    Workshop details coming soon!

    • 05 Aug 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Seahurst Park, Burien, WA (Coral Shelter)

    Come join us for food, drinks, and fun at our annual NOTIS picnic! It's a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and spend time with friends and family.

    Please bring a potluck dish, or item to grill. NOTIS will provide drinks, snacks, and charcoal for the barbecue. Feel free to bring your guitar, ukulele, or any other fun activity you'd like to share!

    Family and friends of all ages are welcome.  Please RSVP if possible so we can bring enough drinks and snacks. Simply click on "Register" to RSVP. Attendance is free.

    The Coral Shelter is located right along the beach. It is close to parking, the restrooms, and the playground. A map of the park is available here: Seahurst Park

    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Kadlec Medical Center, Tri-cities
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents
    Brain anatomy, Seizures and Brain Death (6 hours) by Yvonne Simpson

    Workshop details coming soon!

    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Yakima Valley Medical Center
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents

    Ethical Decision-making for Interpreters(2 hours), Culture Brokering(4 hours) by Cindy Roat  
    Workshop details coming soon!

    • 08 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Tacoma General
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents
    Sight Translation and Glossary Building(6 hours) by Sofia Garcia-Beyaert

    Workshop details coming soon!

    • 28 Sep 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • 29 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • North Seattle College

    In honor of International Translation Day, NOTIS be putting on two days of translation and interpretation events. We'll have a half-day language fair on the first day (with room for translation-related employers and other organizations to table) and workshops and networking on the second! Workshops tentatively planned: ethics, taxes, ergonomics, technology, and more.

    Watch this space for more details.

    • 29 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Confluence Medical Center, Wenatchee
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents

    The Language of Cardiology (Spanish-specific) by Joe Tein

    Workshop details coming soon!
    • 06 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Kadlec Medical Center, Tri-cities
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents
    The Vocabulary of Nephrology: SPANISH SPECIFIC (Hours TBD) by Joe Tein
    Workshop details coming soon!

  • TBD

    • 05 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Seattle, WA
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents
    Workshop title TBD (2 to 3 hours on weekday evening) by Sofia Garcia-Beyaert

    Workshop details coming soon!

    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Skagit Medical Center, Mt. Vernon
    • 50

    The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents
    Interpreting for Palliative Care (3 to 4 hours) by Cindy Roat

    Workshop details coming soon!

Past events

16 Jun 2018 Ethics Challenge 2018, All about Brain: Anatomy, Injuries, Seizures, and Death
09 Jun 2018 ATA Certification Exam 2018
26 May 2018 Spokane Gathering for All Translators and Interpreters
23 May 2018 Webinar: Introduction to Medical Insurance, Billing, and Medical Debt for Interpreters
19 May 2018 Interpreting in Cancer Genetics
17 May 2018 Literary Translation & the Law
28 Apr 2018 Deep Dive into Cultural Competence
21 Apr 2018 Compassion Fatigue / Cultural Competence (2 classes)
19 Apr 2018 Self-publishing 101
17 Apr 2018 Russian Interpreter and Translator Gathering
14 Apr 2018 Interpreting Cardiology for Spanish Interpreters
07 Apr 2018 Interpreting for Chemical Dependency and Pain Management Patients
24 Mar 2018 Spokane Spanish-language Interpreter/Translator Networking Event
19 Mar 2018 Interpreting for LGBT Patients
17 Mar 2018 Medical Genetics 2018
15 Mar 2018 Literary Translation Feedback Forum
06 Mar 2018 Mandarin Interpreters and Translators Vocabulary Swap
15 Feb 2018 Translation for the Opera
06 Feb 2018 Spanish-language court interpreters and legal translators
18 Jan 2018 Literary Translation Tools and Tech
21 Dec 2017 Literary Translation Feedback Forum
09 Dec 2017 Right to Left Computing in a Nutshell
09 Dec 2017 Interpreting for Services related to Autism Spectrum Disorder-Second Offering
03 Dec 2017 NOTIS Holiday Party
03 Dec 2017 NOTIS Annual Meeting
18 Nov 2017 Infection Control and Industrial Safety for Interpreters; and Linguistic Considerations for Interpreters
11 Nov 2017 Panel Discussion: Working With Agencies
08 Nov 2017 Roundtable on Education for Literary Translation
28 Oct 2017 Adapting Interpreting Techniques to Mental Health Settings
21 Oct 2017 Interpreting for Services related to Autism Spectrum Disorder
19 Oct 2017 Postponed: Game translation as literary translation
30 Sep 2017 Interpreting in Cancer Genetics
21 Sep 2017 AmazonCrossing Happy Hour and Reading Night
12 Sep 2017 Seattle Job Fair 2017
09 Sep 2017 Court Interpreter Division Conference
13 Aug 2017 NOTIS Summer Picnic
29 Jul 2017 Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care for Interpreters
22 Jul 2017 Interpreting for Palliative Care
20 Jul 2017 Literary Translation Feedback Forum
23 Jun 2017 Seattle happy hour
17 Jun 2017 Glossary Building for Interpreters and On-line Resources for Healthcare Interpreters
15 Jun 2017 Poetry, translation and grants
03 Jun 2017 Barriers to Care: Health Care from the Patient’s Point of View, Ethics Scenarios, Infection Control and Industrial Safety for Medical Interpreters
20 May 2017 ATA Certification Exam
18 May 2017 Literary translation publishers' panel
13 May 2017 Webinar: Vicarious Trauma
13 May 2017 The Language of Cardiology and The Language of Nephrology
11 May 2017 NOTIS Networking Member Meet-Up
29 Apr 2017 Interpreting for Pediatric Cardiology
22 Apr 2017 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Interpreters and Translators
20 Apr 2017 Spring translation slam
16 Mar 2017 Literary Translation Feedback Forum
04 Mar 2017 Glands and Seizures: a Workshop for Healthcare Interpreters
28 Feb 2017 Interpreting in Pediatric Assessment Encounters
17 Feb 2017 Members Only Co-Working Meetup
16 Feb 2017 Literary Translation: Pitch Perfect
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