An intensive, four-week introduction to all aspects of book publishing
An institution in American publishing since 1947, the Columbia Publishing Course is known for launching the careers of thousands of publishing professionals, including many top editors and executives. In 2016, the Publishing Course in New York proudly announced the creation of a four‐week sister program in the United Kingdom, housed at Exeter College, Oxford, which has already launched many careers both in New York and London. Apply here. Due to the novel coronavirus, the Columbia Publishing Course held its first-ever virtual course in 2020. Read more about it below.
When I say this I mean it sincerely: the virtual course exceeded every expectation I had about CPC. This course was more than just a bullet point to add to my resume. I learned more than I could have ever dreamed about publishing, was introduced to some incredible people within the industry and in my own class, and I feel so confident that I can move forward with a career in publishing.
—Paige McWilliams, '20 Virtual CPC
This job wouldn't have happened without the CPC, everything I learnt and the wonderful people I met who helped me to get here. I am so grateful and excited.
—Kirsten Greenwood, '19 CPC U.K.
English Language Sales Executive, Quarto Group
Read what more students have to say.
2020 Virtual Course
The Columbia Publishing Course hosted its first-ever virtual course this year, as the novel coronavirus made it impossible to host the course in person. Our 111 students received the high-quality education the industry has come to expect from the Columbia Publishing Course and enjoyed lectures, seminars, and a book workshop in a new and innovative virtual format. This format also reaped some unexpected benefits, the most special of which was that we were able to invite faculty and lecturers from across the country and the world to participate.
We hope both courses will be held in person during 2021. If for whatever reason that isn't possible, the course will be held virtually, just as we held it in 2020. We will keep all accepted applicants apprised of any changes that may happen.
Kickstart a Career in Publishing
The course has an excellent job placement rate, and people in the publishing industry know that course graduates make excellent employees. The course not only helps students find their first jobs but also creates a network that stays with them throughout their careers.
Although course graduates are not guaranteed job placement, CPC offers extensive career recommendation and support services. Résumé and cover-letter workshops give students the opportunity to work one‐on‐one with a professional to develop their written presentation skills. In addition, the course director talks to students about interviewing and the process of finding a job, both during and after the course.
Join us for a virtual recruitment session every Wednesday at 5 p.m. EST through March 10, 2021! Register here
We annually visit many colleges and universities. We've hosted information sessions at the following campuses:
- Bard College
- Boston University
- Boston College
- Brandeis University
- Columbia University
- Georgetown University
- Harvard University
- Howard University
- Mount Holyoke College
- Washington & Lee University
- College of William & Mary
- University of Virginia
- Vassar College
Please let us know if you would like to see us at your school next year!
If you will be in New York City, you may request an informational meeting with the director and/or assistant director.