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What Students Say

I cannot begin to express my gratitude for this course. I have never felt so surrounded by people with the same passion and energy that I have for books...Thank you for figuring out a way to hold the course even during a global pandemic...It was everything I dreamed of and more. Every speaker, mentor and adviser was absolutely fantastic. I feel so inspired to begin my career in books and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for all of us.

Grace Garrahan, '20 Virtual CPC, Editorial Intern, Pegasus Books


I was initially hesitant about us not being able to meet in person. However, now that the course has ended, I have to say that I had a wonderful time. I've learned a great deal about the publishing industry . . . and I met people that I'll continue to be friends with as we all set out on our own paths.

Paul Miele-Herndon, '20 Virtual CPC


[This course] was truly life-changing, and I could not be more excited to continue my journey in publishing armed with the knowledge I gained from the course. Every lecture brought something new and exciting to the table, and I loved learning from such a wide variety of people in the industry. I feel so lucky to have been a part of it, for the friends I now have, and the relationships I made with mentors and lecturers and staff alike.

Kitanna Hiromasa, '20 Virtual CPC


I thoroughly enjoyed CPC. What I learned there and the connections I made were invaluable, and I finally feel like my career is on the right track.

Kevin Zambrano, '19 CPC, Executive Assistant to the CEO of Kevin Anderson & Associates


My time at the Columbia Publishing Course was amazing and very informative, but the best thing that came out of it was definitely the awe-inspiring, wonderful people I met, from my fellow students to the excellent faculty members. It's an honor to be able to call myself a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course.

Won Young Seo, '19 CPC, Executive Assistant, Yen Press


I thoroughly enjoyed the course, and would not be an editorial assistant at HarperCollins if it weren’t for the program. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to attend CPC and am so, so happy at my new job! Every day is different, and working with authors and reading manuscripts is truly a dream come true.

Maddie Pillari, '18 CPC, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Columbia Publishing Course this summer. Words cannot describe how valuable I found this experience to be. Your help with exposing us to the most incredible experts and resources within every aspect of the publishing industry was invaluable.

Allison Green, '18 CPC, Managing Editorial Assistant, Simon & Schuster, CPC 2018


My acceptance into CPC changed my life and pointed me in the right direction with my career. Thank you so much for your ongoing support and work with not only me, but all of your students…I cannot express my gratitude for the program and the relationships that have been built because of it.

Emily Chertow, '18 CPC, Community Manager, The Washington Post


Thank you so much for helping me land my position here at Flatiron Books. This week I acquired the first book I’ll be independently editing, one that was conceived during book workshop, and I am over the moon. Your support has meant the world to me, and I can’t begin to articulate how happy I am to have landed in a place like this.

Lauren Bittrich, '17 CPC, Editorial Assistant, Macmillan



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