Publishing Academy

Big Idea

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 aspiring teenage authors from aspiring writer to published author. Writers join us for a 5-week intensive in July, followed by monthly workshops on the second Saturday of the month from August through April. Through this process, they write full-length novels with the guidance of teachers and volunteer writing coaches, consult industry professionals about the design and publication of their novels, hear first-hand advice from other published authors, and foster peer relationships with other writers.

At the end of this journey, the new novels debut to the public at a Publishing Academy book launch, where we roll out the red carpet in the Open Books store, toast our accomplishments, and sign autographs.

Click here to secure your spot and become the next great author!

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At A Glance

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

Where: Open Books West Loop.

When: Five intensive weeks starting July 9 to August 9, 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 signing of a commemorative poster in the store.

Download Our 2018 Course Syllabus