Publishing Workshop Program Overview
During an intensive summer program, Workshop Fellows will work with industry professionals who are at the top of their fields and leading transformations in traditional and digital publishing. Through lectures, seminars, and practical instruction, Fellows will learn the foundations of book, magazine, and online editing and production, digital and print publishing, and the financial and business aspects of the industry. The Publishing Workshop also offers skills-based workshops with editors, art directors, web designers, marketing professionals, and specialized tracks for hands-on experience with book and magazine production.
Lectures, Workshops, and Office Hours
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST Monday – Friday
All fellows participate in lectures, discussions, and office hours with publishers from book, magazine, and new media as well as workshops to develop their job application materials and skills.
In lectures and discussions with leading professionals from Big 5, academic, and independent presses, fellows will learn about every step of the publication process from acquisitions to editorial to art design to marketing and publicity to sales and production.
Magazine and Digital Publishing
Publishers in literary and popular magazines as well as founders of innovative digital and print publications will lead discussion of the business of running or starting a magazine, from editorial practices to funding models and advertising to production and distribution.
From podcasts to audiobooks to literary scouting for film and television, fellows will learn about exciting multi-media and digital careers.
Professional Development Workshops
In workshops with LA Review of Books staff and HR professionals from the industry, fellows will work on resumes, cover letters, and interview skills in preparation to enter the job market.
One-on-one Office Hours with Speakers
All fellows will have the opportunity to sign up in advance for an individual appointment with our distinguished speakers, who are at the top of their fields. These office hours are an opportunity to form connections, ask follow–up questions about the organization, or ask for career advice.
Breakout Sessions By Track
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. PST
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
In the afternoon, fellows choose between two practical tracks to develop skills in editing, digital production, design, and marketing.
Book Track fellows will meet in workshops led by an independent publisher to learn about book production and distribution. Working in teams on an open-source book of their choice, fellows will learn how books are printed and converted into e-book format and distributed to libraries and bookstores. In special workshop sessions, they will hear from book sellers, designers, marketers, and production specialists.
Fellows in the Magazine Track produce and publish an issue of PubLab, the official online journal of the LARB Publishing Workshop and a LARB Channel featuring writing by Publishing Workshop fellows and alumni. Afternoon sessions led by LARB staff will offer training in skills such as organizing a masthead; assembling editorial and production calendars; the fundamentals of developmental editing, copy editing, fact checking, and proofreading; CMS and WordPress basics; art direction and image copyrights; and more.
Publab, an official channel of the LA Review of Books, is the literary magazine published every year by fellows in the Magazine Track. All fellows (Book and Magazine tracks) as well as alumni of the Publishing Workshop may submit original writing and art work for consideration.
Which Track is Right For You?
Learn More About the Book & Magazine Track