Certificate in Publishing

Certificate in Publishing

Through our 13-month course of study, writers learn about the rapidly evolving publishing industry from those who work directly in it.

The Certificate in Publishing program offers a rigorous curriculum along with direct experience in the industry. In addition to coursework, students produce, from start to finish, a volume of Manifest West, the literary anthology series of Western Press Books. Students have weekly editorial board meetings to review and discuss submissions, then make the final selections and copyedit and proofread the anthology. Throughout the program, students work with professionals in the publishing industry to gain insight into the field.

During this process, students also learn how to critically edit their own writing, and they regularly critique writing from peers to prepare it for submission to magazines and presses. Graduates of the Certificate in Publishing Program are prepared to enter the publishing field as agents, editors or to start their own small presses.

Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Application Information

The Program

  • Come to Western’s campus in Gunnison, high in the Colorado Rockies, for two weeks, during two consecutive summers, in late July.  Study the publishing industry, work on your writing, and learn how to present work to editors and agents.
  • Learn about publishing house operations, including acquisitions, editorial, design, marketing and sales, as well as record-keeping and fulfillment.
  • Study the changing environment of the publishing world, including the integration of electronic media and on-line publication.
  • Participate during the fall and spring terms in an online editorial board to plan and prepare a book for publication through Western’s press.

The Curriculum

The course of studies includes summer face-to-face classes, a series of integrated self-paced modules, and synchronous discussions online. See the list of specific courses here:

Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a list of courses offered by Western State Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the current university catalog at http://www.western.edu/catalog. To determined the courses required for your major, check the "Majors and Minors" tab for your area of study.

 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. This course is offered as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory credit. Prerequisite: Registration for the publishing course of studies.

 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, and 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. Prerequisites: CRWR 520. Co-requisites: CRWR 521, CRWR 522, CRWR 523.

 CRWR 522 - EDITORIAL SKILLS (1 credits)

Focuses on the topics of 1) identifying potential authors and conducting author outreach; 2) market analysis; 3) working with agents and book packagers; 4) the author contract; and 5) editorial review groups - who participates and why. This course is offered as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory credit. Prerequisite: CRWR 520. Co-requisites: CRWR 521, CRWR 523, CRWR 524.

 CRWR 523 - ACQUISITIONS (1 credits)

Teaches the topics of 1) what an editor does (and does not do); 2) what "house style" is and how books conform; 3) steps from developmental edit to copyedit to proofread; and 4) appropriate interaction with authors. Offered as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory credit. Prerequisite: CRWR 520. Co-requisites: CRWR 521, CRWR 522, CRWR 524.

 CRWR 524 - BUSINESS MODELS FOR PRESS HOUSES (1 credits)

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. This is offered as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory credit. 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 for the year. Students finalize selections, proof work, and ready book for publication. 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. Offered for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory credit. Prerequisites: CRWR 521. Co-requisites: CRWR 526, CRWR 527, CRWR 528.

 CRWR 526 - DESIGN AND LAYOUT (1 credits)

Provides students with an understanding of such design and layout consideration as typography, use of graphics, cover design, interior book layout, creating an index, interaction with printers, as well as alternative considerations for electronic and e-reader delivery. Offered for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory credit. Prerequisite: CRWR 521. Co-requisites: CRWR 525, CRWR 527, CRWR 528.

 CRWR 527 - MARKETING AND SALES (1 credits)

Familiarizes student 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. Offered for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory credit. Prerequisites: CRWR 521. Co-requisites: CRWR 525, CRWR 526, CRWR 528.

 CRWR 528 - BACK OFFICE AND FULFILLMENT (1 credits)

Covers accounting and inventory issues, customer service, warehousing and shipping of physical book inventory, as well as electronic delivery systems. This course is offered for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory credit. Prerequisites: 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. This is offered for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory credit. Prerequisite: CRWR 525.

 CRWR 599 - INTERNSHIP IN PUBLISHING (1-6 credits)

An opportunity to learn practical skills about writing and publishing by working on-site with professionals.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Director of Graduate Program in Creative Writing; Director of Poetry Concentration
AB, Harvard University; MA, University of Utah; PhD, New York University;
Phone: 970.943.2058
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222B
Professor of English
BA, MA, Eastern New Mexico University; PhD, Texas Tech University.
Phone: (970) 943-2016
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208G