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Publishing MA: Masterclasses

Insights from industry experts

"The masterclasses are an excellent way to learn about different job roles in the publishing industry. The speakers work in all areas of publishing so it's very insightful to hear different perspectives on the business. It also gives you the opportunity to ask questions and get first-hand answers from professionals. It can be a great way to network too – I ended up securing a work placement at Weidenfeld & Nicolson by talking to publishing director, Alan Samson, before he gave a masterclass."
Amy Cartwright, Business Development Executive at Charity Retail Association and Publishing MA graduate

Our regular masterclasses are delivered by a wide range of successful industry professionals, from editors and publishers to literary agents. John Blake, one of our masterclass speakers, talks about celebrity publishing in the video below.

Masterclass schedule 2019 - 2020

All events take place Tuesdays, 6-8pm John Galsworthy 3003, Kingston University Penrhyn Road Campus.

  • 1 October 2019: Kate Wilson, CEO, Nosy Crow Still Standing: 30 Years in publishing
  • 8 October 2019: James Spackman, Publisher, agent and consultant. How many hats is too many? Start-ups and self-employment in the book trade (Publisher – Pursuit Books; Co-founder – The Bks Agency; Founder – The Spare Room Project and The Book Pitch Doctor).
  • 15 October 2019: Sophia Thakur and Rosi Crawley, author and publisher From spoken word to printed page
  • 16 October 2019: Event on the role of paper in the international economy, talk followed by wine reception. Berry Wiersum, CEO of Sappi International (paper company).
  • 22 October 2019: Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller. What does The Bookseller do? Reporting on the book business in the 21st Century.
  • 5 November 2019: Judith Henderson, Senior Project Manager, Bookaid International Sharing books with the world – and why this matters.
  • 6 November 2019: Visit of Big Read author Rachel Joyce.
  • 12 November 2019: Delia Jarrett-Macauley, Reader, novelist, programmer and formerly Chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing. Bringing African narratives to mainstream audiences.
  • 19 November 2019: Sheila Crowley, Literary agent, Curtis Brown. Finding authors that others want to read.
  • 26 November 2019: Jon Reed, Founder, Publishing Talk, Digital marketing – how to build an online platform.
  • 2 December 2019: Aki Shiltz, CEO, The Literary Consultancy Towards a new manifesto for literary citizenship.
  • 10 December 2019: Bill Hemsley, IPAC (Independent Publishing Agency Collective – a group of experts offering a comprehensive list of connected services to publishers and the book trade.) We always know someone who knows.

Masterclass: John Blake on the world of celebrity biography

Find out more about our external speakers and guest lecturers.

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020 3308 9930*

*Calls cost 7p per minute from a UK landline plus your phone company's access charge. Calls to this number from mobiles are normally deductible from your inclusive minutes.

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This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

View Penrhyn Road on our Google Maps
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