Publishing Workshops, Panels and Events

To register for the full conference and enroll in a three-day workshop or three-day critical seminar, click on the button below. All keynote talks, panels, one-day workshops, readings and special events are included in general registration, as is attendance at the Poetry Symposium each afternoon. All three-day workshops and three-day critical seminars require an additional fee of $200.

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Publishing Panel #1: “Successful Strategies for Indy and Traditional Publishing.” Mark Todd, Moderator, with Chris Barili, Nathan Beauchamp and Michael Pool.

Sunday, July 23, 8:30-10 a.m., Taylor Hall 101

Three recent Western MFA graduates share how they’re making the move to successful writing careers using a combination of traditional magazines and book presses as well as independent publishing, including print, online, and audiobook venues.

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Publishing Panel #2: "From the Hand of the Writer to the Eye of the Reader: The Independent Press Supply Chain.” Caleb Seeling, Moderator, with Uche Ogbuji and Danny Rosen.

Sunday, July 23, 2:00 - 4:00, Taylor Hall 205

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Publishing One-Day Workshop #1: “The Challenges of Marketing.” Instructors: Caleb Seeling and Sandra Bond.

Saturday, July 22, 8:30 - 10:00 am, Taylor Hall 200

The publishing landscape continues to change at an astonishing pace, affecting publishers in all fields, from journalsim to children's books. Join Caleb Seeling, Publisher of Conundrum Press and Director of Western's Certificate in Publishing, as he discusses strategies for marketing books on all platforms in a world where individual attention, let alone time to read, is at a premium.

Caleb Seeling

Caleb J. Seeling is the Director of Western's Certificate in Publishing. He began working in publishing in 2006 and founded Samizdat Publishing Group in Denver in 2009. The company has since expanded, forming three imprints (Conundrum Press, Conundrum Faith, and Samizdat Creative), publishing between 20-30 books altogether each year. An active member of several publishing and arts organizations, Caleb is also a social entrepreneur, finding ways to serve the greater community and disadvantaged youth through strategic partnerships with organizations such as Colorado Business Committee for the Arts and Youth on Record. He has also recently published two graphic novels, The Battle Begins andThe Seeds of Strugglewith David C. Cook Publishing, illustrated by Eisner-award winning artist Sergio Cariello, with a contract for at least one moreCaleb is a native Coloradan based in Golden, where he lives with his wife Angela, four children, and three chickens.

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All three-day Workshops meet Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 7/20, 7/22 and 7/23, from 10:15 - 12:15. Cost: $200 in addition to registration.

Publishing Three-Day Workshop: "How to Prepare Yourself to Compete in the Publishing Industry." Leader: Sandra Bond

​Taylor Hall 200

Knowledge is power and this workshop will give participants a solid foundation of information about the competitive trade publishing world. The workshop will cover: how the industry works; how fiction is sold; how nonfiction is sold; how to find an agent; how to write an effective query letter; what to expect before and after your book has sold; how editor, author and agent work together as a team; does self-publishing help to attract an agent and/or a traditional publisher; what authors can do to help promote their books. 

Sandra Bond
Sandra Bond, this year's Publishing Keynote speaker, started her agency in Denver after working for the Jody Rein Books agency. She was the program administrator at the University of Denver's Publishing Institute from 2005-2009, and she is now a guest lecturer there every summer. She and her associate agent, Becky LeJeune, represent adult, young adult and middle-grade fiction, both literary, commercial and genre (mystery, thriller, horror, fantasy, sci-fi), and many categories of nonfiction, and they are looking for writers who truly have studied the craft of writing. Sandra was born and raised in Denver and has a degree in microbiology from the University of Colorado. Before pursuing a career in publishing, she was a film and television script analyst in Los Angeles. 

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