Creative Publishing Seminar for Emerging Writers

Center for Book Arts

28 West 27th St. Third Floor
New York, NY 10001


Jul 26, 2020


Jun 16, 2020

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 seven meetings in three weeks:

The Seminar will take place August 9 through 23rd: on Sundays (3-6pm EST), and Wednesdays and Thursdays (6-9pm EST)

On Wednesday evenings, industry professionals and visiting publishers will lecture on the various sectors of the publishing world, followed by discussion and Q&A sessions. Thursday evenings will feature hands-on instruction on digital typesetting and design, book structures, and binding techniques. Sunday afternoons will be dedicated to discussions of short assigned readings, and to sharing and critiquing works-in-progress in assigned breakout groups. Office hours will be held on Monday evenings, August 10-24th, for 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.

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).


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.

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