Praxis-Workshop "Publishing Books"


A practical insight into the work of editors and the real-life conditions of publishing

5 - 8 July 2022, 10:00-18:00, Helene-Richter-Saal

Department of English and American Studies
2st, 2 ECTS

This workshop offers a first-hand practical experience of the world of publishing. It provides direct access to the workings of how to find authors and how to create, produce and sell books in the current marketplace.

Books can be so many things: good, bad, ground-breaking, controversial, canonical, of the moment, literary, commercial, inspiring, funny – but to be any of these things they first and foremost need to be – published. This workshop will explain and illustrate the real-life conditions and parameters of publishing, offering a hands-on insight into the creation, production and intended reception of fiction and non-fiction books.

The workshop will focus on publishing in the German-language territory, i.e. Germany, Austria and Switzerland, comparing its original and translated titles with the international publishing situation, placing particular emphasis on the markets in the United Kingdom and the United States. The overall aim is to provide authentic and direct insights into the work practices of the non-academic literary world and to enable students to do practical work on ongoing real-life publishing projects.

The instructor:  Dr. Cordelia Borchardt is Senior Acquisitions Editor Fiction at S. Fischer Verlag in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Having studied in Munich, London and Oxford, she is holding a PhD in English Literature and has taught at Frankfurt, Marburg and Heidelberg Universities as well as Stanford. Concentrating on upmarket commercial fiction, she has worked with a wide range of German and international authors like Graeme Simsion, Rohinton Mistry, Roddy Doyle, Daniel Speck and Jörg Maurer.

Registration on u:space is open until 30 April. Please keep in mind that there will be several preparatory assignments to complete before the workshop starts.

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