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$20.00 USD

The Center for Book Arts invites applications for the Creative Publishing Seminar for Emerging Writers. 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the seminar will take place entirely online. The seminar is tuition-free for participants. Those selected must attend the entire duration of the workshop.Participants will engage in lectures from visiting artists and publishers in the field to discuss the production, distribution, history and practice of creative publishing. The seminar will be led by MC Hyland over the course of a month: mid January through mid February. 


Industry professionals and visiting publishers will lecture on the various sectors of the publishing world, followed by discussion and Q&A sessions. The instructor will also host hands-on workshops on digital typesetting and design, book structures, and binding techniques. Participants will also be put into critique groups to hold discussions of short assigned readings,  share, and critique works-in-progress in assigned breakout groups. There will be a schedule for office hours, with up to a half hour of additional one-on-one time with the instructor. 


Throughout the course, participants are expected to actively participate in seminar discussions, as well as on Slack Channels which will remain available after the seminar ends. There will also be readings, resources and coursework which will be assigned outside of the seminar. By the end of the course, each participant will have a better understanding of the publishing process and will produce a digital and/or printed publication that features their writing.


Twenty participants will be selected to take part in the seminar online. Participants located outside of New York City are welcome to apply. Note: Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply, but graduate students are welcome. 


To apply: Please provide a sample of creative writing sample with a five page limit in addition to answering application questions. Applications are due Nov 15.  Applicants will be notified of their participation by December 15. 


We welcome writers and publishers of all backgrounds, abilities, and experiences to apply. Politically engaged writers especially encouraged.

About the Seminar Instructor:

MC Hyland is the founding editor of DoubleCross Press, a poetry micropress started in 2008. She has worked at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Center for Book Arts (NY), and holds MFAs in creative writing and book arts from the University of Alabama and a PhD in English from NYU. She is the author of over a dozen poetry chapbooks/artist books and two full-length books of poems: THE END (Sidebrow 2019) and Neveragainland (Lowbrow Press 2010).

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