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  • Publishing Institute
  • Please Note: The 2020 program is canceled because of community concerns about COVID-19. For more information about The New School's response to the novel coronavirus, please visit the website.

    The New School Publishing Institute is a week-long intensive in which you acquire the foundation you need to break into the world of New York City publishing — or launch your own venture. Led by publishing veteran John Oakes and featuring visits from some of the top CEOs, publishers, agents, and publicists in New York City, the institute offers students and professionals an accelerated and immersive course of study engaging with one of the most popular creative industries in the city. Whether you are seeking new employment opportunities, wish to learn more about the industry of which you are a part, or are hoping to start your own venture, the New School Publishing Institute will familiarize you with current trends and practices in a rapidly changing field and orient you toward new possibilities.

    Program Details

    Students, publishing professionals, avid readers, aspiring writers, and entrepreneurs are invited to join this fast-paced and comprehensive immersion in the business of publishing. Students can earn 3 graduate credits toward their degree program. A noncredit option is available for working professionals.

    The program offers:

    • Presentations by editors and publishers at the "Big Five" publishing houses as well as feisty independent publishers
    • New media marketing strategies for publishers
    • Guidance on how publishers can disrupt current distribution systems
    • An introduction to contracts and royalties
    • Information on how agents work with publishers

    Publishing Institute students may also be interested in the Summer Writers Colony, a three-week intensive writing program that ends the week before the Publishing Institute.

    About Institute Founder John Oakes

    The New School Publishing Institute was designed by faculty member John Oakes to provide a comprehensive overview of the publishing industry, drawing on his decades of experience as co-founder and co-publisher of OR Books. The program features visits from top executives from HarperCollins, New Directions, Penguin/Random House, Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.), Simon & Schuster, and KickStarter, as well as independent publishers, agents, marketing experts, and more. For a complete list of confirmed guest visits, email John Oakes at

    John Oakes' company, OR Books, is recognized as one of "the radical alternatives to conventional publishing" (The Guardian). Oakes has published hundreds of books and negotiated hundreds of contracts with agents, authors, and translators. He started in publishing with Barney Rosset's legendary Grove Press. Among the authors he has published are Julian Assange, Medea Benjamin, Andrei Codrescu, Sue Coe, R. Crumb, Cory Doctorow, Andrea Dworkin, Abbie Hoffman, Jack Kerouac, Ross King, Gordon Lish, Eileen Myles, Harvey Pekar, Rudy Rucker, Douglas Rushkoff, John Waters, and Edmund White. The subject of a 2019 monograph on publishing by Voyager Japan, Oakes is a former board member of PEN American Center. His essay "Publishing and Culture: The Alchemy of Ideas" was recently published in the Oxford Handbook of Publishing.

  • Contact Us

    The New School Publishing Institute
    66 West 12th St., room 503
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 212.229.5611

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