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Publishing Institute is accepting applicants

The University of Denver’s Publishing Institute is accepting applications through March 23 for its month-long intensive program, July 8–Aug. 3. 

Led by Director Elizabeth Geiser and Director of Operations Jill Smith, the Publishing Institute provides students with a background in every aspect of publishing. Students learn about a variety of publishing jobs, types of publishers and the economics of the industry.

Some of the publishing industry’s top executives will travel to Denver as faculty. Along with lectures, the institute provides hands-on editing and marketing workshops. 

The institute draws applicants from throughout the U.S. and overseas. Last year, 250 applied for the program, which accepts 95 students. Making the cut requires high GPAs, compelling personal statements and strong letters of recommendation from professors or employers, Geiser says. 

“We are constantly impressed by the quality of applications that are submitted to our program each year,” Smith says.

The program boasts an 80-percent success rate measured by graduates who find jobs in the industry. Geiser, who says she “bumbled” into the profession, maintains her industry connections in part by living and working in New York City for part of the year.

“The purpose of this program is to send people forth with a realistic understanding of all the facets of publishing so they can direct their course into the area of the profession where they fit best,” Geiser says.

The Institute may be taken for six quarter-hours of graduate credit. Tuition for this year’s program — the institute’s 32nd — is $3,950.

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