Publishing Workshops, Panels and Events

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.


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


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.

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.


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.


"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.