Fellow Testimonials

The LARB/USC Publishing Workshop was a wonderful experience that exceeded my already high expectations. The speakers weren’t just knowledgeable — they were some of the top experts in their fields. I gained valuable skills, including editorial project management, that have already paid off in my career. I was also extremely happy with the amount of individual help I received on my publishing project. Not only did we have the chance to ask questions and receive feedback from the speakers, we got hours of one-on-one help from the LARB faculty. Best of all, the Workshop was only just the beginning. The invaluable support and mentorship I received during the Workshop have continued well past its end date.

Before the Workshop I spent about a year developing a publishing project on my own. I felt like I was in the dark a lot of the time, relying on trial and error and hoping that I was moving in the right direction. Under those circumstances, feedback such as, “In your shoes, I would focus on X instead of Y,” or, “Have you ever considered Z?” is a game changer. The Workshop helped me identify what was unique about my project and refine my concept into something I’m confident can succeed. It also allowed me to create a roadmap for that success, which has made all the difference.
—Janna Brancolini, 2018 Fellow
News Correspondent at Bloomberg Law

The LARB/USC Publishing Workshop was one of the most tremendous and enriching experiences in my professional career. Not only did this program challenge my abilities, but it provided a diverse range of knowledge for aspiring writers and publishers of all kinds. The most useful thing I learned, however, is that publishing takes a village. It was a privilege to work alongside a cohort of driven individuals who worked tirelessly to perfect our project, and I am eternally grateful and supportive of this workshop.
—Keanna Garcia, 2018 Fellow

The workshop was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made. It was valuable, not only for the academic content but for the amazing people I got to know and the brilliant projects we all worked on and that are still ongoing. It’s an experience that goes on beyond that month of shared knowledge and ideas.
—Valeria García Origel, 2018 Fellow
MARCOM and Editor, Tint Journal

The LARB/USC Publishing Workshop is a one-stop shop for all who want to pursue a career in publishing.  The Publishing Workshop is a comprehensive program that offers participants networking opportunities with other Fellows and leaders in the publishing industry. Participants will have access to experts in all aspects of publishing, from writing to agenting, to marketing, public relations, website building to starting one’s own small press and much more! Get ready to transform your plan into a tangible reality.
—Beverly Glass, 2018 Fellow
Educator & Writer

As a journalist and MFA candidate in creative writing, the LARB/USC Publishing Workshop was a necessary resource for understanding the writing world and how I can (and do) fit into it. The program fills in the blanks of what many writers like myself wonder about how the industry works, answering questions by connecting fellows with publishers, agents, and other industry persons of note while enabling creative crossovers that lead to their own literary pursuits. The program also brings so much of the literary world to Los Angeles while revealing much more of the literary world already embedded in the city that locals may overlook. Without my experience at the Publishing Workshop, I would honestly be blithely unaware of what the publishing and literary landscape looks like from the other side of an MFA program. For that – and the writerly friends and colleagues I made – I am incredibly grateful for being able to participate in the LARB/USC Publishing Workshop.
—Kyle Fitzpatrick, 2018 Fellow
MFA Candidate, Otis College

“Overall, my experience was amazing. I think maybe the best part was the way in which we were able to mold the experience to whatever suited our needs and goals most, and how supportive the faculty was in helping us accomplish whatever we set out to do… With that kind of access, and also the access to so many experts and so many resources within the publishing industry, this is probably one of the greatest opportunities I’ve ever had.
—Frank Johnson, 2017 Fellow
Poet, Essayist, and Visual Artist

The LA Review of Books Publishing Workshop provided necessary momentum to workshop and experiment with my plans for a publishing venture. Participants and speakers offered generous feedback and expertise, while staff members were accessible and available throughout the program. I’m grateful for the more nuanced understanding I now have of the publishing industry, and I look forward to staying in touch with new colleagues and mentors in the future.
—Caroline Porter, 2018 Fellow
Media Strategist & Journalist, The Ralstin Agency

Inspired by the passion of the Los Angeles Review of Books staff, talks from some of the greatest people in the West Coast publishing scene and other participants’ contributions, I felt encouraged to follow up on an idea that I had during a class at MSU – to create a creative writing platform for non-native (ESL) English writers. … At the end of the workshop, we were ready to send out a call for submissions to several schools in- and outside of the USA. When the first emails started hitting my mailbox, I felt that this thing was becoming real. My vision had turned into a mission, and then into an actual project…

The LARB/USC publishing workshop made me listen to my inner voice and helped me to overcome my fears. I am so proud of the work of my fellows and so happy to see Tint evolve. With the journal I hope to ease the way for the diverse crowd of non-native writers to become a well-established part of the English language publishing scene. I am optimistic that this mission will be fruitful, and I am eternally grateful for the support of the LARB team.
—Lisa-Maria Schantl, 2018 Fellow
Editor-in-Chief, Tint Journal