Thursday, December 18, 2008

Publishing Certificate Program

The Publishing Industry is Looking for You!

Certificate in Publishing Program
Adult and Continuing Education (ACE)
School of Professional and Community Development
Sponsored by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College
For INFORMATION or REGISTRATION: 718.270.6400 – Adult and Continuing Education

Publishing Certificate: The Publishing Certificate Program, created by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, provides students with an awareness of the publishing industry in totality and the skills to obtain an entry level position. Students will have an opportunity to take courses with experts in the field. Required courses include an overview of the publishing industry, online publishing, copyediting, the role of the agent and graphics and typography. Students are also encouraged to take an internship. The Program is designed to increase the percentage of writers of color in the publishing industry.

Admissions Criteria: A minimum of a high school diploma is required and an AA degree or the equivalents are desirable. Students should be motivated and highly proficient in English and should be interested in the book business. All students admitted to the program will be required to submit with their registration an essay describing their interest in the program.

Course Requirements: Students must complete required courses 1) Introduction to Publishing 2) Online Publishing/New Media Workshop 3) Fundamentals of Copyediting 4) Role of the Agent to attain certification.* Students may enroll in individual courses, ranging from 2 to 7 sessions.

Introduction to Publishing $295

This course will introduce students to the world of book publishing. Students will study the current issues in the publishing world, including the impact of bookstore chains, consolidations and international conglomerates, and alternative publishing ventures. Students will also examine the economic, financial, and marketing issues related to publishing and the role of the editor, agent, author, and graphics designer in the publishing industry.

ED-PC100 March 20th Friday, 6:00– 9:00 p.m. ( 7 sessions)

Online Publishing/New $150
Media Workshop

This fast-paced, hands-on workshop will be an introduction to basic skills in online journalism for media and non-media professionals. The two-hour, once a week course will allow students to upgrade or learn new skills through group discussions, case studies and hands-on sessions. In addition to ethical and theoretical issues in online newsgathering and the changing media landscape, the course will focus on the basics of Web design using standard industry tools. (Students will be required to work in the computer lab).

ED-PC101 March 24th Tuesday, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. ( 5 sessions)

Fundamentals of $150

The course will help students develop the editing skills required for trade, reference, and other types of print work, as well as those of online editing. The course will cover standard proofreader’s and copy editor’s marks; common word usage problems; style sheets or house styles; use of reference works; and the interrelationship of copy editor and editor to production editor.

ED-PC102 March 25th Wednesday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm ( 3 sessions)

Role of the Agent $150

The literary agent has become one of the most important players in the book-publishing world. Topics include an overview of the agent’s role and functions; how to become an agent; steps in the acquisition process; specifics of contracts and contract negotiations; subsidiary rights; genre publishing; packaging; and the editor’s perspective on the agent’s role.

ED-PC103 April 24th Thursdays, 6:00pm – 9:00 pm ( 4 sessions)

Graphics and Typography $150

This course will examine how books are designed both from the inside typeface and flaps to the outside covers and flaps; the reasoning behind key decisions on author’s photo placement, cover lines and use of fonts and color.

ED-PC104 April 1st Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm (3 sessions)

History of Blacks in $100

This elective course is an overview of the role that blacks have played in both the established publishing industry, and the black owned press.

ED-PC105 Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (2 sessions)

Publishing Internship $295

This internship provides an opportunity for students to apply their skills in the workplace or in an organization related to publishing. Students are supported by scheduled meetings with the Publishing Certificate Program Director.


TOTAL: (Publishing) $895: Total cost if paid all at once, including processing fee and certificate fee. Courses may be taken on an individual basis without applying to the Certificate Program.

Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Non-refundable $25 application fee applicable. For Certificate Program Candidates: At the time of registration, bring a copy of a GED or High School Diploma.
Visit us online at to print out the registration form and send it by mail, fax or email.

Phone –In: 718.270.6400 – Register by phone with Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card or American Express
Walk-In: Register in person at Medgar Evers College, 1150 Carroll Street, Room 111
Fax: 718.270.6187 – Register by fax with Visa MasterCard, Discover Card, or American Express
Mail –In: Register by mail by completing the attached registration form
Online: Visit our website at to print out the registration form and send it by mail, fax or email.
By Mail:
Medgar Evers College
The City University of New York
School of Professional and Community Development
Adult and Continuing Education
1150 Carroll ST., Room 111
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Contact ACE For information or registration: 718.270.6400

Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Phone: 718-270-6976

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