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
CPC was not only exactly what I had hoped it would be — an all-access, deep-dive into every aspect of the publishing industry — it was so much more. It quickly became, and continues to be, a publishing family; full of brilliant, energetic, inspired individuals with a shared passion for the written word and everything that goes into it. While my classmates came from dozens of different backgrounds, areas of study, and industries, our mutual affection for books created an instant community in which I was both wildly challenged and totally at home. CPC was transformative, both intellectually and personally, and I left the course armed not only with exclusive knowledge bestowed by leaders of the field, but as a member of a community that spans generations and is proud to support the course, its graduates and the industry we all love.
—Bee Holekamp, '18 CPC U.K. Editorial Assistant, W.W. Norton & Company
The Columbia Publishing Course was the best thing I could have done to launch my publishing career. It was inspiring in a way that far exceeded my expectations. The total immersion meant that we completely soaked up the flavour of the publishing industry, frolicked in a bit of glamour, met a remarkable range of people that it would usually take a lifetime in the industry to even shake hands with, and also gained immediately applicable skills.
—Helen Thomas, '06 CPC, Former Editorial Director, Hachette Children’s Group, Hachette UK
I was looking for a course that would give me real, practical skills, taught by people working in the industry today, and that’s exactly what CPC gave me. It’s a unique opportunity to meet fascinating people from all areas of publishing and make amazing contacts.
—Tig Wallace, '14 CPC, Senior Commissioning Editor, Hachette UK
With its focus on the book industry, small class size, and magical campus, CPC-UK was a truly immersive dive into the world of book publishing. The course was more valuable than I could have ever imagined.
—William Vogan, '16 CPC, Assistant Editor, St. Martin's Press
Nothing prepares you to enter the world of publishing like the Columbia Publishing Course. I’ve happily used the knowledge and connections I gained at the course at Oxford to create a dynamic career path here in New York City.
—Avi Molder, '16 CPC, Institutional Sales Coordinator, W. W. Norton
The knowledge and experience I have gained from the Columbia Publishing Course is very valuable and has made me feel more confident about entering the industry.
—Rachael Marks, '19 CPC, Production Associate, Abrams Books
Studying publishing in a place that is rich in literary history is magical. During CPC-UK, you are living where Philip Pullman and J. R. R. Tolkien studied. You can visit the pub where Tolkien and C.S. Lewis would chat, and you can see the Alice in Wonderland-inspired stained-glass windows at Christ Church. All this and rich preparation for a job in a field you love. Amazing!
—Elisabeth Kingren-Hawkins, 17 CPC, Sales Operations Coordinator, Simon & Schuster