Term: 1-Semester Postgraduate Certificate
Start Date: April 27, 2015
Location: Lakeshore Campus
Humber's Creative Book Publishing program combines creativity and entrepreneurship with the only opportunity in Canada to specialize in literary agenting/rights management and publishing technology.
Taught by working professionals, visited by industry gurus and established writers, students of this program regularly make valuable contacts. Students also have an opportunity to work with writers attending the respected Humber School for Writers summer workshop.
After two months of publishing courses (i.e. innovative new technologies, creativity, ethics, operations, and media), students choose three of five specializations: editorial, marketing, literary agenting/rights management, technology, or a research project. In the final month, students are organized into groups representing publishing enterprises. They create their own business plans and publishing lists, design covers, create websites, and produce marketing plans and profitability forecasts.
This intense concentration provides an unprecedented foundation, which prepares graduates for a successful career in publishing and related fields.
The Creative Book Publishing Program is an intensive two-semester program delivered in one semester, from approximately April 27 to August 14, 2015.
All the basics of publishing are taught and discussed. In addition there are electives and specializations for further education and experience.
Book publishing is one of the most innovative cultural industries as it adapts to digital technologies and continues to nurture creativity in writing. Find opportunities in editorial, marketing, new technologies, contracts, subsidiary rights, sales, management/operations, and production/design. Or work in closely related fields as a literary agent, book reviewer, arts journalist, bookseller, educator, or entertainment/copyright/intellectual property expert in government agencies and industry associations. Recognizing that evolving trends in the publishing industry encourage freelance and ancillary opportunities, Humber also encourages entrepreneurship and the development of new enterprises. Creative writers may also be interested in learning the publishing process.
The Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College and the English Masters Program at Trent University have entered into a collaborative arrangement which enables a select number of students each year to simultaneously earn an MA degree in English (Public Texts) and an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Creative Book Publishing.
Kaitlin Tremblay, a graduate of Humber's Creative Book Publishing program, has been nominated for five video game awards.
Carolyn McNeillie studied painting in university. And yet, she jokes, “I knew I wanted to work in publishing because I skipped all my painting classes to read novels.”
The Creative Book Publishing program was fundamentally important to building my publishing career.