Certificate in Publishing
Through our 13-month course of study, writers become savvy about the publishing industry.
The Certificate in Publishing program offers students the opportunity to learn about the publishing industry through hands-on experience. Enrolled students will 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 experts in the publishing industry to gain insight into this ever-evolving field.
During this process, students also learn how to critically edit their own writing, and they regularly workshop 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 start their own small presses.
- 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, workshop your writing, and learn how to present work to editors and agents.
- Enjoy the beautiful country surrounding the campus with high-mountain hiking, climbing, biking and the chance to sit next to a stream or lake and write.
- Learn about publishing house operations, including acquisitions, editorial, design, marketing and sales, as well as record-keeping and fulfillment.
- 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 course of studies includes summer face-to-face classes, a series of integrated self-paced module, and synchronous discussions in an online environment. See the list of specific courses here:
The applicant wishing to enroll in the Certificate of Publishing Program must complete the following:
- An application for admission to certificate study. (At appropriate prompts, select "graduate" and then "certificate")
- A $50 non-refundable processing fee (charged to your credit card when you use the online application)
- An 800 to 1,000 word personal statement describing writing experience and interest in publishing, and preferably sent as an email attachment to email@example.com.
- A writing sample of 15-20 pages prose (double-spaced); or 5-7 poems; or a combination of 2-3 poems and 7-10 pages of prose, also preferably sent as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- An official transcript of a baccalaureate degree, with a recommended minimum 3.0 GPA for writing-related courses. The baccalaureate-granting institution must send the transcript directly to the Western State College Office Extended University Studies Graduate Office.
Send personal statement, writing sample and transcript to:
Certificate in Publishing
Western State Colorado University
Extended University Studies Graduate Office
600 N. Adams Street
Taylor Hall 303
Gunnison, CO 81231
FAX: (970) 943-7068
Tuition costs $350 per credit, or a total of $6,300.00 for the entire, 13-month program. Additional costs include class texts, as well as two-week summer residency expenses, such as transportation to and from Gunnison, on-site accommodations and meals.
Certificate Program Director
Larry Meredith is the owner and publisher of Raspberry Creek Books, Ltd. He is the author of the historical novel This Cursed Valley and a second a currently agented novel. He has written hundreds of published essays and newspaper and magazine articles. In his career he has been a newspaper man, a salesman, an advertising and sales promotion writer for a Fortune 500 company, a university public relations director, and he's owned a marketing and video production company. A former administrator for Western State Colorado University as well as executive director for a library district, he currently serves as director for Western's Certificate in Publishing.
|Best-selling author and editor Russell Davis has written and sold numerous novels and short stories in virtually every genre of fiction, under at least a half-dozen pseudonyms. His writing has encompassed media tie-in work in the Transformers universe to action adventure in The Executioner series to original novels and short fiction in anthology titles like Under Cover of Darkness, Law of the Gun, and In the Shadow of Evil. In addition to his work as a writer, he has worked as an editor and book packager, and created original anthology titles ranging from westerns like Lost Trails to fantasy like Courts of the Fey. He is a regular speaker at conferences and schools, where he teaches on writing, editing and the fundamentals of the publishing industry. A past president of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Russell now writes and edits full time, as well as teaches for Western's MFA in Creative Writing. His newest work, The End of All Seasons, a collection of short fiction and poetry, came out in 2013, and he is presently working on several new projects.|
|Sonya Unrein is the editor for the Samizdat Group, responsible for the acquisition, production, editing and marketing of the Conundrum Press catalog. She performed the same for Ghost Road Press for several years and, more recently has consulted for a number of start-up small presses, including Seven Oaks Publishing and Raspberry Press. Sonya serves as the graphic designer for Western's annual anthology, preparing those books for final production. She brings strong experience in bookstore communication, inventory management, author relations and events, order fulfillment, promotional copy, content editing, line editing, layout, cover design, and creative-asset management. She also develops web, social media and blogs.|
Find Out More
- Email queries to Larry Meredith, Certificate Director: email@example.com
- Contact Extended University Studies for more information: 1-800-876-5309, Ext. 7