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The Publishing Institute at the University of Denver has led many adult students to careers in book publishing. It is a full-time, intensive, post-graduate summer program that provides training to college graduates interested in working in publishing, especially book publishing.

Coursework ranges from graphic design principles to editing to marketing and sales. Publishing executives and literary agents teach the courses and get acquainted with students. Because of the training and the professional connections, the vast majority of graduates are quickly successful in getting hired into entry-level publishing jobs in New York, Boston, and other major publishing cities. Some eventually become publishing executives themselves.

Check out examples of lectures here: Publishing Institute.

Field trips to local literary establishments in the Denver area, such as the original Tattered Cover bookstore, are included in the curriculum. Read more about The Tattered Cover here: The Tattered Cover.

The University of Denver is a small, private university located in an historic part of Denver. It was founded in 1864 as Colorado Seminary (Methodist). Visitors can tour the campus virtually here: DU Virtual Tour or can arrange a tour by registering for one through the University of Denver Admissions Office’s tour portal at https://admission.du.edu/portal/visit. Information packets about the Publishing Institute can be requested here: https://www.du.edu/publishinginstitute/inquiry_form.html.

A little known fact is that the world-renowned playwright Neil Simon (1927-2018) lived and studied at the University of Denver for a year at the start of his career. Neil Simon later wrote such groundbreaking plays as The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, The Sunshine BoysPlaza Suite, and Brighton Beach Memoirs. Read about the life and achievements of Neil Simon here: Neil Simon.

Denver has a population of approximately 705,000 and the University of Denver Publishing Institute has an enrollment of approximately 100 students.

One of the partners of Author Adventures is a graduate of the Publishing Institute.

The Publishing Institute is the second stop on our Colorado Trail!

Patricia Smart