Certificate in Publishing
In our 13-month course of study, aspiring writers, editors and publishers learn about the rapidly evolving publishing industry from those who work directly in it.
The Certificate in Publishing offers a rigorous curriculum along with direct experience in the industry, in all media. 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. Students can also work on THINK, our program's national journal of poetry and criticism. Throughout, students work with professionals in the publishing industry to gain insight into the field.
During this process, students also learn how to 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 or junior editors at established houses, or to 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, 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 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: