Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Summer Publishing Program Full Steam Ahead

The Summer Publishing Workshops at British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University began on July 2nd and run until August 2nd, offering programs in four areas of publishing: books, magazines, editing and design.

The program began at The Banff Centre in the early 1980s and was shifted and honed in the mid-1990s when it was moved to SFU. The program is well-attended by publishing professionals from around the world who come to learn and to take the pulse of the industry through the carefully monitored and nurtured set of programs. SFU tells us that, this year, “more than 100 faculty, and approximately 450 participants, will come to SFU Vancouver in the downtown core for 38 workshops in books, magazines, editing, and design.”

Participants take part in one and two-week immersion workshops offering hands-on projects, lectures and discussions. Included are Book Publishing Immersion, Book Editing Immersion and the Book Cover Design Intensive. As well, a series of shorter workshops and lectures are offered.

The full slate of programs can be viewed here. As well, the 2008 Symposium on the Book will take place on July 12th. This year’s program features a tight look inside crime and thriller writing:
Six of Canada’s top crime writers join a crime fiction book reviewer, an editor of crime writing, and a mystery bookstore owner to discuss the subgenres of crime writing – thrillers, mysteries, cozies, detectives and true crime – and will also engage the audience with an in-depth look at the position of crime writing in Canada.
Panelists include William Deverell, Anne Emery, Daniel Kalla, Anita Daher, Michael Slade, Margaret Cannon, Dinah Forbes, Walter Sinclair, Mary Jane Maffini (who will moderate the proceedings) and January Magazine editor and co-founder, Linda L. Richards. Registration information can be found here.



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