Publishing Gala is Success for WLP Students
December 06, 2012
Writing, Literature & Publishing students gathered to celebrate the work of Emerson’s publishing community at the inaugural Publishing Gala on Friday, November 16 in the Bill Bordy Theater. The Gala gave Emerson students the opportunity to share the success of their student publications, to promote student publishing groups, and to connect with professionals in the publishing industry.
The first networking event of its kind for WLP students, the Gala connected students who share a passion for publishing in a social setting. Sarah Dwyer, Editor-in-Chief of Atlas Magazine and main event coordinator explains, there are “Marketing Mixers and Design Tech Prom”, but there “ isn’t anything like this for the WLP program.” “WLP students get so caught up in our own work and own organizations that we don't realize the amazing work that is being produced by other people and organizations on campus.”
Approximately 50 students attended the Publishing Gala. The occasion not only brought publishing students together, but it also gave students the opportunity to speak with publishing professionals. Both Marcy Harris, Publishing Assistant at Nicholas Brealey Publishing, and Madison Kahn, Intern Coordinator for Boston Magazine were present to answer student questions and offer industry advice.
Tickets to the Publishing Gala cost $10 and proceeds are being divided between the five student groups who helped plan the event: Atlas Magazine, Undergraduates for Publishing, The Catharsis, Artful Comics, and Whippersnappers. The organizations will use the proceeds to help fund future events or publications.
As a senior WLP student, Dwyer’s participation in the Gala through her role with Atlas Magazine has proved invaluable. She strongly encourages students to participate in student groups on campus. “It is a great way to get hands on experience and be part of aspects [of publishing] that you might not be able to be part of in an internship.” She hopes future Publishing Galas will draw even more attention from students and faculty at Emerson as well as the larger publishing world.
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