It’s hard to blog during an intensive course. All I want to do in my spare time sleep and explore the city.
But here’s everything else that’s been happening:
The second week of the course we spent more time hearing from professionals in the book industry.
The third week of the course, we began the infamous book workshop week. I don’t really have the words to describe the whirlwind that was book week. I’ll just say that it was full of long days and nearly sleepless nights. We were all split into different book publishing houses. I was put in an academic publishing house. Our group was made up of only women, so we decided to become an academic press supporting the promotion of women writers. We called ourselves Minerva Press, and our week went smoothly without many issues but lack of sleep. I was the publicity manager, so my job was creating press releases, pitch letters, and publicity plans for each of the six books that we came up with.
Luckily, we had a long Fourth of July weekend. On Saturday, my friend from home, Stephanie, came to visit. She rode the bus up from her grandparents’ home in Oneonta. We only had one day together, so we tried to pack everything in. We ended up going to Grand Central Station, Chelsea Market, Washington Square Park, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Building, The Strand, The Met, Central Park, St, Patrick’s Cathedral, and Rockefeller Center. It was a long day full of walking, but it was great to be with a friend from home.
In the fourth week, we began the magazine and digital portion of the course. We heard from magazine professionals from Hearst Media, New York Times Magazine, Bon Appétit, and more. Sophie Donelson of House Beautiful spoke to us about her journey from CPC back in 2002 to where she is now as the editor-in-chief of House Beautiful. Her talk was inspiring, and it was hopeful to hear from someone who was so successful after being in the same seats as us.
Last week, we completed magazine workshop week, which is basically the same as book week, but for magazines instead. My group was a shelter magazine, and we created Liv, the home magazine for millennial women. My job was audience development director, and I had to look at a lot of numbers and determine our site traffic five years out. I also created our audience development plan and e-newsletter. The week felt like one long day with a few naps.
Now we’re in the final week of the course. Yesterday we heard from the inspiring Sadie Stein, who used to be an editor at The Paris Review, and graduated from CPC twelve years ago. We also went to Time, Inc., where we were welcomed and encouraged to apply for positions in magazine and digital media. The Time office was spectacular and located right on the water’s edge in Battery Park City. It was so easy to imagine working at a place like that.
Today, some of us have field trips to Scholastic, and some to Book Culture. It’s strange that we are already on our final week. We’ve all been here together for six weeks, so it will be sad to disband across the city next weekend, but I know we’ll all keep in touch.
Here’s hoping we all become employed!