Certificate in Publishing Course Sequence

This page outlines the sequence of courses each student must take to fulfill the requirements for the degree. To see the catalogue description of each course, go to "Certificate in Publishing HOME" and click on the tab titled "Courses," or click directly here.


The Certificate in Publishing is a set of courses totaling 18 credits. It covers both the conceptual framework and the practicalities of the publishing industry, and gives students the opportunity to work directly on creating a book for publication with the program's press, Western Press Books, along with participating in the editorial process at the poetry Concentration's national journal THINK and with conundrum Press, which is owned by Ceritifcate in Publishing Director Caleb Seeling. Students take four, 3-credit practicum courses over 13 months, including two residential summer intensive terms and two non-residential academic terms. In addition, students take six, 1-credit courses online to learn theoretical concepts. The content of these six credits is closely correlated to practicum courses. Students may also take an elective internship as part of the certificate program.

The Certificate in Publishing requires a minimum of 18 credits. Students take the following courses in the indicated sequence:

First summer residency (3 credits)

CRWR 520  Summer Intensive I   3 credits

Fall non-residency (6 credits)

CRWR 521  Editorial Practicum I   3 credits

The content of these three, 1-credit courses is linked to CRWR 521.

  •    CRWR 522  Editorial Skills 1 credit                           
  •    CRWR 523   Acquisitions 1 credit                                     
  •    CRWR 524  Business Models for Press Houses 1 credit                  

Spring non-residency (6 credits)

CRWR 525 – Editorial Practicum II 3 credits

The content of these three, 1-credit courses is linked to CRWR 525.

  •    CRWR 526  Design and Layout 1 credit       
  •    CRWR 527  Marketing and Sales 1 credit
  •    CRWR 528  Back Office and Fulfillment 1 credit                  

Second summer residency (3 credits)

CRWR 530  -- Summer Intensive II 3 credits



CRWR 520 – Summer Intensive I (3 credits)
Focuses on writing workshops that teach students how to research, edit, and hone their work, and submit it for publication. Familiarizes students with aesthetics of different literary magazines, and the aesthetic of the book the course prepares for production. Teaches introductory skills and orientation for online work for the subsequent year of study. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the publishing program.

CRWR 521 – Editorial Practicum I (3 credits)
Involves students in an acquisitions editorial staff that reads and evaluates submissions for publication in the book project for the year. Students review submissions ahead of time and e-mail comments to acquisitions editor on whether work should be considered by entire board, then participate in online discussions every other week. Students also meet online three times to discuss materials from learning modules, and how that information relates to book project and their duties as editors and publishers. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: CRWR 520. Co-requisites: CRWR 522, CRWR 523, CRWR 524.

CRWR 522 – Editorial Skills (1 credit)
Focuses on these topics: identifying potential authors and conducting author outreach; market analysis; working with agents and book packagers; negotiating the author contract; and working in editorial review groups – who participates and why. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: CRWR 520. Co-requisites: CRWR 521, CRWR 523, CRWR 524.

CRWR 523 – Acquisitions (1 credit)
Teaches these topics: what an editor does (and does not do); what "house style" is and how books conform; steps from developmental edit to copy edit to proofread; and appropriate interaction with authors. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: CRWR 520. Co-requisites: CRWR 521, CRWR 522, CRWR 524.

CRWR 524 – Business Models for Press Houses (1 credit)
Familiarizes students with traditional publishing house models such as nonprofit, for-profit, academic press, and trade press, as well as the emerging online electronic delivery models of publishing. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: CRWR 520. Co-requisites: CRWR 521, CRWR 522, CRWR 523.

CRWR 525 – Editorial Practicum II (3 credits)
Involves students in an acquisitions editorial staff that will select, proof, and ready submissions for publication of the book project for the year. Students participate in online discussions every week, meeting as an editorial board to select submissions for publication in the book project. Students finalize selections, proof work, and ready book for publication. The class also meets online three times to discuss materials from learning modules, and how that information relates to book project and their duties as editors and publishers. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: CRWR 521. Co-requisites: CRWR 526, CRWR 527, CRWR 528.

CRWR 526 – Design and Layout (1 credit)
Provides students with an understanding of such design and layout consideration as typography, use of graphics, cover design, interior book layout, creation of an index, interaction with printers, as well as alternative considerations for electronic and e-reader delivery. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: CRWR 521. Co-requisites: CRWR 525, CRWR 527, CRWR 528.

CRWR 527 – Marketing and Sales (1 credit)
Familiarizes students with the topics of: 1) the role of the author in marketing and selling a book; 2) the marketing done prior to book publication and what happens after release; 3) effective public relations; 4) sales model-direct, bookstores/retail, hybrid distributions; and electronic promotion, marketing and delivery; 5) selling books in-house by team, by distribution and by commissioned reps; 6) tracking and evaluating sales. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: CRWR 521. Co-requisites: CRWR 525, CRWR 526, CRWR 528.

CRWR 528 – Back Office and Fulfillment (1 credit)
Covers accounting and inventory issues, customer service, warehousing and shipping of physical book inventory, as well as electronic delivery systems. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: CRWR 521. Co-requisites: CRWR 525, CRWR 526, CRWR 527.

CRWR 530 – Summer Intensive II (3 credits)
Focuses on final preparation of the product as well as formulating and launching a marketing plan for distribution. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: CRWR 525.

CRWR 597 – Special Topics (1-3 credits)
Studies of a particular topic of interest to students of the Publishing Certificate program to be announced each time the course is offered. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: instructor permission.

CRWR 599 – Internship in Publishing (1-6 credits)
Provides an opportunity to work as an intern for a publishing house or press outside the college. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: instructor permission.

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