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Certificate in

Literary Publishing

Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs


ave you been thinking or

dreaming about starting your own literary magazine, or founding a press

in order to be able to start and run

to publish books? Do you have a

their own literary publishing enterprises

vision of what works you would like

with a good expectation for success.

to bring to life? While advances in

The Literary Publishing Program

technology such as desktop publishing

at Emerson College offers the perfect

and the Internet have made it possible

opportunity to acquire the skills

for almost anyone to start a magazine

and knowledge set that will translate

or a book publishing operation, doing

your vision of publishing into reality.

so is not so easy. Aspiring writers, editors, and publishers need a solid foundation in publishing procedures

Intensive Program The program in Literary Publishing will be held as a one-week (five-day) intensive session June 4–8, 2012. Classroom (or lab) instruction occurs daily for six hours (three-hour morning session, with a lunch break, three-hour afternoon session, and an opportunity for participants and faculty to talk informally at the end of the day’s instruction). Guest speakers will supplement each day’s instruction. Outside of classroom instruction, participants will work on a rough business plan on their press or magazine. Participants who complete the one-week intensive session and submit a rough business plan for their literary magazine or press will earn the Literary Publishing Certificate.

Note: Participants must hold a minimum of a high school diploma (or GED). It is highly recommended that participants motivated to work in literary (small) press publishing hold at least a bachelor’s degree, or at least be enrolled in an institution of higher learning. Intensive Sessions Cover: An Overview of Literary Publishing Literary Acquisitions and Editing Marketing, Promotion, and Distribution for Literary Works Design and Production for Literary Publishing Finance, Management, and Legal Issues for Literary Publishing

An Overview of Literary Publishing Participants will discuss the particular concerns of small press publishers and how best to find and mine a niche market. The key is to determine the mission and vision of the press or literary magazine. Individuals will also examine the history of small press/literary publishing and understand its current context within the publishing industry, as well as the issues facing literary publishers today. Literary Acquisitions and Editing Participants gain basic information on contracts (and negotiations), acquiring manuscripts, and reading manuscripts. They will learn to deal with authors in revising work and determining what needs revision. Copyediting and proofing procedures will be outlined. Participants will learn how to make use of basic book information (ISBNs, Library of Congress, and more).

Literary Publishing

Who Should Enroll

The Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs at Emerson College offers the Literary Publishing Program. Through the program, you will receive instruction tailored to starting and running a small literary magazine or press, be introduced to skills needed in literary publishing, and develop a rough business plan to start your literary publishing enterprise. In addition, the skills you will acquire will help you become the ideal employee for larger literary publishing enterprises.

The Literary Publishing Program is open to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and individuals who would like to learn the publishing skills needed to start and run their own literary magazines or their own book publishing ventures. Each participant enrolls in the one-week intensive program held at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, June 4–8, 2012. The certificate will be awarded only to those individuals who attend and successfully complete the program and all of its courses.

How to Enroll Marketing, Promotion, and Distribution for Literary Works How can small presses best develop and reach their audiences? What are the best ways for literary publishers to promote their wares? How can publishers get their magazines and books into the marketplace and into buyers’ hands? Design and Production for Literary Publishing Participants will receive information on the fundamentals of graphic design, typography, and production methods. What designs work and which don’t? How are books and magazines manufactured? What print and digital production and manufacturing options are available for the small publisher (including online and print-on-demand)?

Finance, Management, and Legal Issues for Literary Publishing Participants receive an introduction to laws on copyright and libel. Individuals will also be presented with different models to found, organize, and fund their presses. Participants will gain familiarity with financial management issues and tools, as well as how to manage personnel and keep their presses financially solvent.

No application is required to enroll in the Literary Publishing Program. Prospective participants may download the latest program information including registration materials, fees, and faculty biographies by visiting or calling the Department of Professional Studies at 617-824-8280.

The Certificate Program

Professional Studies participants in the Literary 3. Only learning activities offered by Emerson College’s Department of Professional Studies Publishing Program must attend and and Special Programs may be applied to successfully complete the program and all of its fulfill the requirements of the Literary courses to earn the Certificate in Literary Publishing Program. Publishing. The following guidelines apply to 4. Enrollment is non-credit, and open to all the Literary Publishing Certificate Program at individuals who have a minimum of a high Emerson College: school diploma or GED. 1. Individuals must satisfy the certificate program Please visit for additional requirements published for the year in which program information, fees, and they register for the program; all required registration policies. coursework must be completed, and the courses of the program must be completed in the prescribed sequence. 2. All individuals must complete the program in the same year in which they first register.

Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs Emerson College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and admits qualified individuals regardless of race, color, age, religion, or national origin, sex, sexual preference, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to individuals at the College. Emerson College reserves the right to change any provision in this brochure at any time. The College specifically reserves the right to change its tuition rates and any other financial charges. The College also reserves the right to rearrange its courses and class hours, to drop courses for which registration falls below the minimum enrollment, and to change instructor assignments.

Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs 120 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116 617-824-8280 617-824-8158 Fax

The Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs is a specialized educational organization that provides highly focused learning activities to help professionals advance their careers. The department serves as a gateway to career advancement in the distinct environments of communication, media, and the arts. Learning activities—such as courses, workshops, seminars, and certificate programs— are offered at various levels of training. Through dedicated instruction, the Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs strives to arm professionals with the knowledge required to remain on top of current industry trends, and to prepare them for success in the communication field of their choice. For program information, visit Visit the Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs at 148 Boylston Street in Boston. Write to us at 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116, or call 617-824-8280. Emerson College is a four-year institution of higher education specializing in communication and the arts. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

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Certificate in Literary Publishing  

Certificate in Literary Publishing

Certificate in Literary Publishing  

Certificate in Literary Publishing