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Certificate Program

Literary Publishing

Program Description

Literary publishing brochure cover

Print & Online Literary Magazine Publishing and Small Press Book Publishing

Classroom (or lab) instruction occurs daily, 9:00 am–5:00 pm in one of Emerson College's well-equipped labs. Guest speakers will supplement each day's instruction.

Outside of classroom instruction, participants will work on a rough business plan on their press or magazine. Participants who complete the three-day intensive session of their choice, and submit a rough business plan for their literary magazine or press will earn the Certificate in Literary Publishing (for Print & Online Literary Magazine or for Small Press Book Publishing).

  • Program Dates: Small Press Book Publishing: May 13, 14 & 15, 2016 and Print & Online Literary Magazine Publishing: May 20, 21 & 22, 2016
  • Print & Online Literary Magazine Publishing, $695
  • Small Press Book Publishing: $695

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Who Should Enroll

The Literary Publishing Program is open to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and individuals who would like to learn publishing skills needed to start and run their own literary magazines or book publishing venture. Each participant enrolls in the long weekend (three-day) intensive session appropriate to their interests.

The Certificate in Literary Publishing will be awarded only to those individuals who attend and successfully complete the program and all of its coursework.

Note: Participants must hold a minimum of a high school diploma (or GED). It is highly recommended that students motivated to work in literary (small) press publishing hold at least a bachelor's degree, or at least be enrolled in an institution of higher learning.

Intensive Programs

Each program in Literary Publishing is held as a long weekend intensive session. Classes are held in Emerson College's well-equipped lab each day from 9:00 am–5:00 pm.

Print & Online Literary Magazine Publishing Program

Students enrolled in the Print & Online Literary Magazine Publishing Program will gain a sense of:

  • The current climate and environment for literary publishing
  • How magazines acquire and edit literary works
  • Basics on how to design and produce a literary magazine
  • How to market, publicize, and distribute a literary magazine
  • How to organize and finance your literary magazine and deal with important legal issues

Small Press Book Publishing Program

Students enrolled in the Small Press Book Publishing Program will gain a sense of:

  • The current climate and environment for literary publishing
  • How magazines acquire and edit book-length literary works
  • Basics on how to design and produce both print books and ebooks
  • How to market, publicize, and distribute books
  • How to organize and finance a small press and deal with important legal issues

Each three-day program will also cover aspects of literary publishing

  • An Overview of Literary Publishing
  • Literary Acquisitions and Editing
  • Marketing, Promotion, and Distribution for Literary Works
  • Design and Production for Literary Publishing
  • Finance, Management, and Legal Issues for Literary Publishing

Certificate Program Completion Requirements

Participants in either of the Literary Publishing Programs must attend and successfully complete the three-day intensive to earn the Certificate in Literary Publishing. The following guidelines apply to the Literary Publishing Certificate Program at Emerson College:

  • Individuals must satisfy the certificate program requirements published for the intersession in which they register for the program; and all required coursework must be completed.

  • All individuals must complete the program in the same year in which they first register.
  • Only learning activities offered by Emerson College's Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs may be applied to fulfill the requirements of the Literary Publishing Program.
  • Enrollment is non-credit and open to all individuals who have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. It is highly recommended that students motivated to work in literary (small) press publishing, hold at least a bachelor's degree, or at least be enrolled in an institution of higher learning.

Emerson College reserves the right to change any provision of its programs and courses at any time. The College specifically reserves the right to change its tuition rates and any other financial charges. The College also reserves the right to rearrange its courses and class hours, to drop courses for which registration falls below the minimum enrollment, and to change instructor assignments.

How to Enroll

Small Press Book Publishing: May 13, 14 & 15, 2016 from 9:00 am–5:00 pm each day

Print & Online Literary Magazine Publishing: May 20, 21 & 22, 2016 from 9:00 am–5:00 pm each day

Register early. Complete the Literary Publishing Certificate Workshop Registration 2016 form, and submit your registration to the Department of Professional Studies.

  • By U.S. mail: Emerson College, Department of Professional Studies, 120 Boylston Street, MA 02116
  • By Fax: 617-824-8158
  • In person: 148 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Note: Payment in full confirms your seat in the Literary Publishing workshops. If you wish to include a check with your registration form, you may do so. Please make your check payable to Emerson College. If we receive your completed, signed registration form without check payment, we will send you an email with instructions on how to pay for your courses using a secure web site. Online payments may be charged directly to credit cards, or checking or savings accounts. Credit card payments will be assessed a nonrefundable 2.75% convenience charge. Emerson College does not receive any proceeds of this convenience fee.

Participating in the Literary Publishing Certificate Program

Tuition is due upon registration for the Literary Publishing Certificate Program. Tuition covers lectures and classroom and lab time. Participants are responsible for their own housing, food, and such miscellaneous costs as textbooks and course materials.

At the present time, Emerson College is not authorized to issue I-20s for study in its Professional Studies and Special Programs (“PSSP”) courses. Depending on an international student’s immigration status and personal circumstances, enrollment in a PSSP course may be permissible or may result in an immigration status violation. Maintaining valid immigration status while in the United States is the responsibility of the individual, not Emerson College. PSSP staff cannot advise individuals about their immigration status. If you have any questions about the requirements for maintenance of your specific immigration status, please contact the U.S. Consulate in your home country prior to enrolling in a PSSP program.

Faculty

Lead instructor for the Literary Publishing Certificate is Gian Lombardo, Senior Publisher-in-Residence (2001) and coordinator of the Certificate in Publishing program. He has a BA in comparative literature from Trinity College and an MA in creative writing from Boston University.

Mr. Lombardo has had over 35 years of experience in a wide range of publishing environments--trade, association, literary, and consumer magazines as well as professional, literary and textbook publishing. His clients have included Reed Business Information, Ploughshares, Agni, Bedford/St. Martin's, Boston Society of Civil Engineers, and Transitions Abroad. He is also the author of Between Islands, a collection of poems and verse translations (Dolphin-Moon Press, 1984); and five collections of prose poetry: Standing Room, Sky Open Again (Dolphin-Moon Press,1989 and 1997), Of All the Corners to Forget (Meeting Eyes Bindery, 2004), Aid & A_Bet (BlazeVOX Books, 2008), and Machines We Have Built (Quail Press, 2014). He also directs Quale Press, which he founded in 1997. Quale Press publishes poetry and fiction. Souls of Wind, a novel by John Olson, published by Quale Press was nominated for Best Book of 2008 by The Believer magazine.

Email Gian Lombardo or call 617-824-8379.

Guests

Each day the program will bring in at least one guest to present a case study of their press or literary magazine. Students will have the opportunity to ask guests questions, and follow up with networking. Guests have included representatives from Ploughshares, Agni Review, Black Ocean Press, Memorious, Small Beer Press, Flying Object and Factory Hollow Press, as well as members of Emerson College's publishing faculty.