Join us from July 18-24, 2021

Do you dream of working at a publishing house? Are you seeking a practical application for your love of reading and writing? 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.

This is a unique experience, as Susquehanna 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.

Students entering grades 10-12 in spring 2021 are invited to register.

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  • 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

The $875 Comprehensive fee includes room, meals and all program materials.

  • Must be registered by July 2


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.


All registrations must be submitted no later than July 2.

All supporting documentation must be received prior to your arrival on campus.

Laurence D. Roth, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Professor of English

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4202

Emma Fleck, Ph.D.

Department: Management and Marketing
Associate Professor of Management and Marketing

Heather Lang, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Assistant Professor of English

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4658

Amanda Lenig, M.F.A.

Department: Art
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Michael E. Ozlanski, Ph.D.

Department: Accounting
Assistant Professor of Accounting

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4516

Randy Robertson, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

Betsy Verhoeven, Ph.D.

Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4192

Bradley Carpenter

Department: English & Creative Writing
Adjunct Faculty in English and Creative Writing

With recent faster-spreading variants — especially those more severely affecting young adults and children — Susquehanna University instituted vaccination protocols for the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff and guests.

  • All students residing on campus over the summer, including high school students who participate in pre-college programs, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the time they arrive on campus. Fully vaccinated is defined as at least two weeks after the final dose.
    • The minimum age for getting vaccinated is determined by each COVID-19 vaccine. For the list of approved vaccinations and their age indications and schedule, visit this CDC page.
  • A copy of the student’s COVID-19 vaccination card must be submitted with the required medical form (accessible from each program page).

If you have questions regarding the summer vaccination requirement, email Michelle Harman at or call 570-372-4451.

*Participant safety is our highest priority. Susquehanna University reserves the right to cancel Summer Pre-College Programs if necessary in order to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations.

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