Publishing

Master of Arts in Creative Writing

Degree Type

Master of Arts

Department

Graduate Program in Creative Writing

To become a publisher in the 21st century requires dynamic literary, editing, and technological skills. Whether you aspire to start your own company, teach or work for a large publisher, you’ll need a thorough education and hands-on experience in the world of publishing.

Program Overview

Step into the shoes of a publisher.

Western’s Publishing concentration includes a thorough study of the publishing industry—editing, design, production, marketing, distribution and bookselling. The program also covers new technologies that have changed the industry for writers, publishers, booksellers and readers. You’ll have the unique opportunity to create books that will be released by a commercial publisher by the end of the program. This includes an original anthology that you have jointly edited and produced, as well as a public-domain “classic” reissued from scratch in print and e-book formats.

Prepared for success

Western’s innovative publishing program prepares students for careers in writing, editing and publishing—both in traditional publishing houses and the fast-paced world of e-books and new technologies.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
CRWR 600 Summer Orientation 1 View
CRWR 613 Introduction to the Publishing World 2 View
CRWR 614 Traditional Publishing I 6 View
CRWR 615 Publishing and Marketing a Book 2 View
CRWR 623 Independent and New Model Publishing I 6 View
CRWR 624 Traditional Publishing II 6 View
CRWR 625 Independent and New Model Publishing II 6 View

Careers

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The program

Advance your career in publishing, in a convenient format.

The Publishing program begins with a two-week in-residence summer intensive where you’ll learn the basics of the publishing industry and briefly intern for a small commercial publisher. As your main project for the coming year, you will develop a concept for an original anthology and solicit submissions.

The fall and spring semester will each consist of two courses, one focused on the traditional publishing industry and one on independent publishing. To acquire hands-on experience, you’ll read the “slushpile” submissions for your anthology project, select the stories to be included, while adhering to a budget. You’ll also analyze typical book and short story contracts and issue contracts for the accepted anthology stories. In the spring semester, you’ll work to design, proofread and produce the printing masters for the anthology. As a solo project, you’ll select a public-domain “classic” to reissue from scratch. You’ll market your finished books and participate in a book signing event upon graduation.

Hands-on experience

Publishing students will work hands-on to create books that will be released by a commercial publisher by the end of the program—an original anthology they have jointly edited and produced, as well as a public-domain “classic” reissued from scratch in print and ebook formats.

Department Information

Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Director

Tyson Hausdoerffer, Ph.D.

Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Office Support Coordinator

Michelle Wilk

Program Support Coordinator

Contact Information

970.943.2163

mwilk@western.edu

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Quigley Hall 117
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231