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Join us from Sunday, June 23, to Saturday, June 29, 2019

This is a unique experience as Susquehanna University offers the only summer program in the country for high school students interested in book publishing. You'll spend the week learning to think like a publisher and gaining valuable editorial and digital media skills.

Working in our dedicated publishing lab, The Letterbox, you and your teammates will create a book launch and marketing campaign for a trade book. Your team will come up with a book title and cover, determine the book's audience, and create a digital presentation to sell the book to investors and consumers.

Along the way you'll explore the book's influence on society and culture, and develop your entrepreneurship and team-building skills. You'll also hear from working professionals about career paths in publishing and how Susquehanna's Publishing & Editing Program prepared them to do what they love: bringing literature into the world.

Apply for Publishing & Editing Institute

Do you dream of working at a publishing house? Are you seeking a practical application for your love of writing and reading? Learn what it takes to produce and market a book in this hands-on, team-centered experience that features workshops, strategy sessions and guest speakers who are industry professionals.

Students who are currently 9th, 10th and 11th graders (minimum age 15) are invited to apply.

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Publishing and Editing Institute

Highlights of the week

  • Attend workshops on digital publishing tools, marketing and book cover design
  • Get advice and coaching from professionals in the industry
  • Delve into sessions on entrepreneurial editing, book history and the impact of books on our culture
  • Work on your projects in The Letterbox, our publishing and editing lab
  • Have fun teaming up with other students who share your passion for books
  • Visit local bookstores
  • Participate in end-of-week formal book launch and marketing presentation

Comprehensive fees for Publishing & Editing Institute include room, meals and all program materials for the week.

  • $1,025

Scholarships are available based on financial need and academic performance. No full-tuition scholarships are available. A letter from your guidance counselor, indicating your eligibility for free/reduced lunch or other measure(s) of financial need, is required for scholarship consideration.

Selection is competitive and based on recommendations, academic skills, leadership qualities and future career aspirations.

All applications must be submitted no later than June 8. Payment must be made in full and all supporting  documentation must be received prior to your arrival on campus.

Laurence Roth | Institute Director
Laurence Roth is editor of Modern Language Studies, co-chair of the Department of English & Creative Writing, and founder of the publishing and editing major. Author of a book on detective stories and essays on comic books, zines and cookbooks, he received his Ph.D. from UCLA, but learned the book business the old-fashioned way, by working in his father's bookstore. He loves books and loves sharing that passion with his students, who have landed jobs at HarperCollins, W.W. Norton, Random House, Pearson Education and Touchstone Books, among others.

Amanda Lenig | Graphic Design
B.A., Susquehanna University

Emma Fleck | Marketing and Management
Ph.D., University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

Heather Lang | Digital Publishing and Writing
Ph.D., Florida State University

Betsy Verhoeven | Publishing and Public Culture
Ph.D., University of Denver

Randy Robertson | Book History
Ph.D., Washington University

You'll need a recommendation from anyone who knows you well and is not a relative, such as a teacher, guidance counselor, supervisor for a job or a volunteer position you hold, religious leader, etc.

Use this easy recommendation form and scan and email it to, fax it to Jayme Long, administrative assistant for program, at (570) 372-2745, or mail it to:

Attn: Jayme Long
Susquehanna University
514 University Ave. 
Selinsgrove, PA 17870

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