So you want to be a writer…but you don’t know how to get there?
Open Books Publishing Academy is the perfect place to take 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, we celebrate with a book release party, where we roll out the red carpet in the Open Books store, toast to our accomplishments, and sign autographs!
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.