The structure of Literature Across Frontiers workshops is always adjusted to the given circumstances and the participants have the space and time to work on their own, as well as in smaller groups or pairs. Each day, there is at least one session when the whole group gets together to read and discuss work in progress.

The workshops are sometimes organised in conjunction with a major festival or book fair, giving the poets an opportunity to read their work as well as the new translations in front of a wider audience. A social programme is also scheduled so that participants get to know the culture and literature of the host country – sightseeing, meetings with local authors, visits to literary organisations etc.