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: “The Many Worlds of Publishing Now.” Kevin J. Anderson, Moderator, with D. H. Tracy, Darrin Pratt, and others

Thursday, July 19, 8:30-10 a.m., Taylor Hall 101

To see full biographies of the panelists, click each speaker's name below:

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Publishing One-Day Workshop #1: “The Surprisingly Nasty World of Children's Books.” Instructor: Mike Reiss.

Saturday, July 21, 8:30 - 10:00 am, Taylor Hall 200

Mike Reiss, a four-time Emmy winning writer for The Simpsons, is also the author of nineteen children's books. He will discuss his experiences and help new writers navigate this wildly unpredictable field in a two-hour seminar.

Mike Reiss
If you are a fan of animated comedy, chances are you have laughed at a joke written by Mike Reiss, last year's Screenwriting Keynote Speaker and a four-time Emmy award-winning producer, a 28-year veteran of The Simpsons and a contributor to more than two dozen animated films, including four Ice Age movies, two Despicable Me movies, The LoraxRioKung Fu Panda 3, and The Simpsons Movie, with a worldwide gross of $8 billion. He was the showrunner behind season four of The Simpsons, which Entertainment Weekly has called "the greatest season of the greatest show in history." Mike has also written seventeen children’s books, including the best-seller How Murray Saved Christmas and the award-winning Late for School.

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Publishing One-Day Workshop #2: “Working the Margin: Understanding the Finances of Book Publishing.” Instructor: Darrin Pratt.

Sunday, July 22, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Taylor Hall 205

In this session we will develop together sample title budgets and explore their relationship to a publisher's overall financial performance. The process will flesh out for attendees exactly what goes into the retail price that everybody pays for a book--and how much of that is left over for the publisher and author when the bills get paid--the better to understand how publishers make decisions about what and how to publish new titles.

Darrin Pratt
Darrin Pratt is Director of the University Press of Colorado, a position he has held since 2000, and just finished a term as President of the Association of American University Presses (2016-2017). During his tenure at Colorado, he has been responsible for reshaping the editorial program and improving its profile, strengthening the balance sheet substantially, and merging University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press to create greater scale for both imprints and provide a innovate blueprint for university press collaboration. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the Principal Investigator on the Andrew W. Mellon-funded Archaeology of the Americas Digital Monograph Initiative, a joint project of the University of Alabama Press, the University of Arizona Press, University Press of Colorado, the University Press of Florida, Texas A&M University Press, and the University of Utah Press. Together these six presses explored the possibilities for publishing scholarly monographs enhanced with multimedia and rich data sets. The result was a partnership with the University of Toronto Press that ultimately led to the creation of their P-Shift editorial and production workflow. Prior to becoming Director, Darrin was the Assistant Director and Sales & Marketing Managerat University Press of Colorado, and he has also held editorial, marketing, and sales positions at Ohio State University Press, Indiana University Press, and Columbia University Press. Darrin has a Master’s in English Literature from Indiana University, and he obtained his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in his home state of Ohio.





All three-day Workshops meet Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 7/19, 7/20 and 7/22, from 10:15 - 12:15. Cost: $200 in addition to registration.

Publishing Three-Day Workshop: "The Publishing Whirlwind: Traditional, Hybrid, and Independent." Instructor: Kevin J. Anderson

​Taylor Hall 228

The publishing industry has undergone dramatic shifts in the past decade, and it’s tough for an author, editor, or publisher to keep up. In this three-day workshop, Kevin J. Anderson, GPCW Publishing faculty member, New York Times bestselling author and publisher of WordFire Press, gives an overview of traditional publishing, indie publishing, eBooks, and how you can adapt to the changes.

Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson​ serves as Director of Western's Certificate in Publishing. He is the author of 140 novels, 56 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists; he has over 23 million books in print in thirty languages. Anderson has coauthored fourteen books in the Dune saga with Brian Herbert and over 50 books for Lucasfilm in the Star Wars universe. He has written for the X-FilesStar TrekBatman and Superman, and many other popular franchises.  For his solo work, he’s written the epic SF series, The Saga of Seven Suns,  and a sweeping nautical fantasy trilogy, Terra Incognita, accompanied by two progressive rock CDs (which he wrote and produced). He has written two steampunk novels, Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, with legendary drummer and lyricist Neil Peart from the band Rush. He also created the popular humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., and has written eight high-tech thrillers with Colonel Doug Beason. Anderson holds a physics/astronomy degree and spent 14 years working as a technical writer for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is now the publisher of Colorado-based WordFire Press, a new-model publisher using innovative techniques and technologies to release books worldwide in print and eBooks. They have released over 300 titles. Anderson is also one of the founders of the Superstars Writing Seminar, which has been one of the premiere professional and career development seminars for writers. He is also an accomplished public speaker on a wide range of topics. He and his wife, bestselling author Rebecca Moesta, have lived in Colorado for 20 years; Anderson has climbed all of the mountains over 14,000 ft in the state, and he has also hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail.



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