Contracts and the Freelance Translator/Interpreter

September 28, 2013


Saturday, September 28, 2013  1:00-4:15 p.m.

Note new location!


Contracts are part and parcel of working as a freelancer, from non-disclosure agreements to publishing contracts and even translation rights agreements. Wading through pages and pages of these contracts can be daunting, especially when they have been written by lawyers! What are the red flags for a freelancer in an NDA? Can a client legitimately require you to destroy all copies of anything related to a project? Are translation memories and glossaries your intellectual property or do they belong to your client? To what extent can an agency impose a non-solicitation agreement on you?

These questions and more will be answered in this interactive presentation, which addresses the practical aspects of negotiating contracts and agreements with translation agencies/bureaus/companies, other independent contractors, book publishers and other end-clients. Topics will include terms of payment, non-disclosure agreements, credits, royalties, and disputes. Discussion will be based on actual contracts currently used in the industry.

Over the years, Courtney has presented similar workshops in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland. This presentation has been completely updated to reflect recent changes in the business climate and industry.

Attendees are encouraged to submit interesting or unusual contracts or clauses for discussion to

Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Friday, September 27 at 1 p.m.

About the instructor:

Courtney Searls-Ridge is chief strategist at German Language Services, which she founded in 1979 and sold in 2009. She is co-founder of the Translation & Interpretation Institute at Bellevue College where she teaches Ethics and Business Practices and Fundamentals of Translation. Courtney is a past president of the Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society (NOTIS). She served four terms on the ATA board and executive committee during which time she developed the ATA Mentoring Program. In recent years her focus has been on curriculum development for high school T&I programs.

When she is not working, Courtney is a long-distance cyclist and aspiring dog trainer.


E-mail Sarah Llewellyn:

ATA Continuing Education Credit: ATA-certified members will earn three Continuing Education points.

Workshop cancellation policy: Refunds are issued only if cancellation is received one full week prior to workshop date. A $10 administration fee is deducted from all refunds.



View Workshop fees
Display the current overall workshop fees.
Registration form
Download the registration form