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The Publishing Project


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: Stephen Willey
  • Assessment: a portfolio documenting the organisation of a live performance event, consisting of: a promotional flyer/poster; a 500-word report on a contemporary literary journal or live event; editing of a piece of fiction, non-fiction or poetry written by a fellow student; and one piece of ephemera (eg a photograph, note, memory or recording) documented at the event (100%)

Module description

On this module you will develop an understanding of the publishing process, the publishing industry, and the skills and knowledge you will need to pursue a career in publishing.

Indicative module content

  • The historical and contemporary significance of the literary event and the literary publication
  • The art of promotion: designing flyers; requesting submissions; new media and the internet  
  • The substance of literary journals and their publishing processes, including: organisation of submissions, editorial boards, production scheduling, content and copyediting, design and layout, publicity and promotion
  • The creative decisions involved in curating, promoting, staging and documenting a live literary event

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will have gained:

  • knowledge and understanding of the various forms and genres of creative writing and the different techniques and processes they employ
  • the ability to gather, sift, select, organise and synthesise evidence and subject matter; the ability to choose appropriate subjects and to write about them, as well as the ability to edit, develop and extend a piece of work
  • analytical ability, and the capacity to consider and solve complex problems orally, verbally, and in practice
  • skills of interpretation, self-evaluation, and the communication of constructive feedback
  • confidence and skill in sustaining and developing a creative project as part of an editorial board
  • skills of copyediting and proofreading
  • an awareness of the role and history of literary journals and their relationship to you as writers and practitioners
  • an awareness of the how contemporary literary journals are run and organised in the UK
  • bibliographical skills appropriate to the discipline, including accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions in the presentation of scholarly work
  • the ability to work efficiently and constructively within a group to complete a creative project
  • relevant IT skills relating to the planning, design, and construction of a literary journal.