Publishing Academy

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Publishing Academy Enrollment

Applications for Publishing Academy 2019 will be considered on a rolling basis. The Publishing Academy Team will review the candidate’s application, writing sample, and financial aid application (if applicable). Once reviewed, all accepted students will be invited to interview at our West Loop office.

Why does Publishing Academy run year-round instead of just during the summer?Because our authors are so talented! After years of running this program for the month of July, we realized that we were not allowing students to fully realize their potential or stories in the timeframe we gave them. It takes more than a month to write a great novel, and we want to support students in committing themselves to a piece of work that they can really pour themselves into. Having Publishing Academy go year-round also helps build a sense of camaraderie and community in the cohort. Beyond their time with us, students can always reach out to their peers to brainstorm and review their writing.
If my student cannot commit to year-long Publishing Academy, can he/she/they still have a manuscript published? No. Unfortunately this program is designed to be a year-long process. Students who cannot complete the entire program will not be published.
How long can we expect decisions on student applications to take once materials are submitted? Approximately one month.
Are scholarships available? A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available for students who demonstrate financial need. All scholarship applicants must submit ALL application materials by May 10, 2019.
If my student applies for a scholarship, will their decision be delayed?All students will be reviewed with the same timeline, regardless of whether they apply for financial aid or do not.
What if our student is waitlisted? Waitlist decisions will be made by May 10th
Who teaches Publishing Academy?Full-time staff members with several years of experience teaching creative writing to students.
Who are the Publishing Academy writing coaches?Publishing Academy writing coaches are dedicated volunteers who have a passion for creative writing, the publishing process, and helping students reach their true potential. Most of our volunteer coaches also serve as volunteers in our school year programs, such as Creative Writing Field Trips and ReadThenWrite.
What is included in the Publishing Academy tuition?Tuition includes:

- Writing materials

- Instructional workshops

- Access to staff, writing coaches, and editors throughout the process

- Snacks at all sessions

- A published copy of the final novel (additional copies are available for purchase)

- VIP admission to and celebration at the author gala launch event

- Special guests, surprises, and more

- Book release party