So you want to be a writer…but you don’t know how to get there?

Being a published author takes discipline, risk, and the occasional demonstration in sword fighting. Open Books Publishing Academy is the perfect place to take you from aspiring writer to published author. In our new year-long model, writers will join us for a 3-week intensive in July, followed by monthly workshops on the second Saturday of the month, from August through April. Through this process, you will write a full-length novel with the guidance of teachers and volunteer writing coaches, consult industry professionals about the design and publication of your novel, hear first-hand advice from other published authors, and foster peer relationships with other writers.

At the end of this journey, your novel will be debuted at a Publishing Academy book launch, where we will roll out the red carpet in the Open Books store, toast to our accomplishments, and sign autographs.

Secure your spot and become the next great author!

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What: An intensive writing workshop experience that takes students from blank page to finished – and published – novel.

Where: Open Books West Loop.

When: Three intensive weeks from July 9 – 26th (Mon – Thurs, 9am–12:30pm, plus optional write-in sessions on Fridays) followed by 9am–12:30pm workshops on the second Saturday of each month from August–April.

Who: 8th–12th grade authors, Open Books staff, and volunteer writing coaches.

Price: $550 Early Bird (registered by March), $600 Regular (registered in April/May), $650 Deadline (registered in June).

Plus: Each session culminates in a gala Author Launch at the award-winning Open Books store. Friends and family gather to hear excerpts from the newly published novels, join in a toast to their authors’ achievements, and celebrate the hanging of a commemorative poster in the store.

Prospective writing coaches: Join us as a volunteer!

2018-2019 Publishing Academy Application Form

  • Each student is required to submit a short creative writing sample in order to be considered for the program. Please review the the requirements below: For Grades 7-8: Provide a one-page example of creative writing that demonstrates your fiction writing ability. This can be the first page or an excerpt of the novel you intend to write with us, or any other creative fiction you have written. For Grades 9-12: Provide a twp-page example of creative writing that demonstrates your fiction writing ability. This can be the first page or an excerpt of the novel you intend to write with us, or any other creative fiction you have written. How will you submit your child's writing sample?
  • Open Books reserves a limited number of need-based scholarships for Publishing Academy. Because these funds are limited, we ask that you only apply if these funds are truly needed. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please select from the below options and a member of Open Books will reach out to you.

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