The Workshop


I walked away from the program with professional connections and lifelong friends.

– Glynn Pogue, Brooklyn, NY

Today, how we tell our stories matters more than ever before. The platforms we use, the audiences we reach, and the shape of the ideas we share are revolutionizing the publishing industry. The LARB/USC Publishing Workshop prepares our Fellows to enter this evolving landscape.

During an intensive three-week summer program on USC’s campus, Workshop Fellows work with industry professionals who are at the top of their fields and leading transformations in traditional and digital publishing. Through lectures, seminars, and practical instruction, Fellows will learn the foundations of book, magazine, and online editing and production, digital and print publishing, SEO and audience metrics, and the financial and business aspects of the industry. In addition to hearing from professionals who are creating the future of reading in all its material, social, and technological aspects, the Publishing Workshop will offer skills-based workshops with editors, art directors, web coders, marketing professionals, agents, and more.

For Fellows seeking to develop their own publishing ventures, an eight-week version of the Workshop includes a five-week nonresidential Project Incubator. These Fellows will receive individual faculty mentors, targeted seminars, and online interaction with other entrepreneurs and experts as they work to launch their projects. Our goal is to build the future of publishing, idea by idea, business by business, innovation by innovation. Before the program starts, Workshop faculty will be in touch with accepted Incubator Fellows about the entrepreneurial projects they would like to pursue and will help to staff and develop them.

We offer a large number of tuition-free and reduced tuition scholarships — making the program affordable for all qualified applicants. By increasing accessibility to people with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, we can have a profound impact on the future of publishing — and thus a profound impact on our culture itself.

Through the workshop, I finally felt like I was in the right place at the right time.

– Sarah Parker, Los Angeles, CA