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Program Code: 12251
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Start Dates: May
Program Length: 1 semester
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Humber is proud to have the highest graduate employment and employer satisfaction rate of the GTA colleges based on Colleges Ontario’s key performance indicators for college graduates in 2022-2023.

Program Overview

Turn your love of books into a career in publishing with our intensive, fully online program, which combines creativity and entrepreneurship with the only opportunities in Canada to specialize in literary agenting/rights management and publishing technology. Upon graduation, you will be ready for a range of publishing and publishing-related opportunities including: 

  • contracts 
  • design and editorial 
  • entertainment/copyright/intellectual property 
  • literary agenting 
  • sales, marketing and publicity 
  • self-publishing and publishing technology 

You will learn all facets of modern publishing, from acquisitions to sales and digital rights, before embarking on a capstone project that will give you a real taste of life in the publishing industry and applicable experience with which to launch your career. 

This full-time program is offered in an accelerated online format to allow you to complete two semesters of work from the comfort of home in just four months. Classes are five days a week, and a mix of live online classes and offline learning activities.

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Courses

At Humber, courses are delivered in a variety of formats:

In-Person - An in-person course is delivered fully on campus.

Online Asynchronous (A) - An online asynchronous course has no fixed class schedule and allows students to engage with the course at different times according to their needs. Faculty provide modules, which are completed independently by the students according to established deadlines.

Online Synchronous (S) - An online synchronous course is delivered fully online and requires faculty and students to participate in real-time according to a fixed schedule. Classes are scheduled for a specific day and time.

Hybrid - A hybrid course is a combination of in-person and online classes and follows a set schedule. Students must be available to attend in-person classes at scheduled times during the semester.

The chart below outlines the delivery options available for each course in this program, by campus. For some academic terms, there may be more than one delivery option available. You’ll be able to select your preferred options when building your course schedule during open enrolment. Preferences for course delivery will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Some Humber programs are also delivered fully online, where all courses are delivered online.

International students: the impact of studying from outside of Canada on Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility differs significantly based on when you start your program. Please review the PGWP eligibility before choosing your program and course delivery.

Course code and Name Delivery Type by Location
Course Code Course Name North Lakeshore IGS DL/Online
Semester 1
CBPP 5000 Acquisitions N/A N/A N/A Online (S)
CBPP 5001 Marketing N/A N/A N/A Online (S)
CBPP 5003 Book Production and Design N/A N/A N/A Online (S)
CBPP 5004 Sales and Retail N/A N/A N/A Online (S)
CBPP 5015 Publishing Finance N/A N/A N/A Online (S)
CBPP 5019 Editorial N/A N/A N/A Online (S)
CBPP 5020 Literary Agenting N/A N/A N/A Online (S)
CBPP 5021 Enterprise Group N/A N/A N/A Online (S)
CBPP 5022 Enterprise Individual N/A N/A N/A Online (S)
CBPP 5023 Publishing Technology N/A N/A N/A Online (S)
CBPP 5026 Careers in Publishing N/A N/A N/A Online (S)

Writer's Lounge: Creative writing, creative book publishing, professional writing and communications

Watch the "Power Up Your Credential!" Info Session to learn more about the Creative Book Publishing program.

The Book Club - creative book publishing alumni panel with Nathan Whitlock

Watch "The Book Club" Info Session to learn more about the Creative Book Publishing program.

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Humber/Trent Collaborative Program

Successful applicants will complete their course requirements at Trent University in the Fall and Winter semesters, and the requirements for the Certificate in Creative Publishing at Humber College in the Summer Session.

Creative Book Publishing logo

Every year, a select group of CBPP students work on the HLR Spotlight, an online literary supplement hosted by the Humber Literary Review and funded by Humber’s Applied Research & Innovation department. The project gives students the opportunity to learn as they work on a real-world publication, and provides them with a valuable portfolio piece to show to potential employers.

Nathan Whitlock interviewing Jamie Tenn

Nathan Whitlock, program co-ordinator of Humber College's postgraduate Creative Book Publishing program, talks to 2020 student Jamie Tenn, who shares why she chose to study publishing at Humber.

Nathan Whitlock interviewing Morgan Barcroft-Martin

Morgan Barcroft-Martin, a 2020 Humber Creative Book Publishing student, tells her program co-ordinator, Nathan Whitlock, how her love of books lead her to pursue a career in publishing.


Enterprise Project

In the final month of the program, students collaborate to create model publishing companies from the ground up, drafting business plans, publishing lists, book covers, websites, marketing campaigns, and more. At the end of the project, the groups present their companies to a panel of industry professionals.

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"Such a pleasure to participate in Humber’s Creative Book Publishing program Enterprise panel. I am in awe of how hard all the students worked on their presentations. Thank you to Nathan Whitlock for the invitation, and to all the students for sharing their creativity!"

- Semareh Al-Hillal, President, House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books

The Creative Book Publishing program works with publishing industry partners to make networking and career opportunities available to our graduates. Note: An internship is not a requirement of our program. This means that, unlike some programs, if you get a paid position straight out of school, you still have all the requirements to graduate!

Lynn Raposo

Lynn Raposo is an editorial assistant at Graydon House and Harlequin Books. We caught up with Lynn to find out what she’s been up to since graduating from Humber’s Creative Book Publishing program in 2017.

  • Cassandra Smyth

    “The Enterprise project and the entire Creative Book Publishing Program was such a huge learning experience and I’m so glad I spent my summer doing it. I feel sufficiently prepared to start a career in publishing and am looking forward to what the future brings me.” - Cassandra Smyth

  • Danielle Plant

    “I’m glad we had this opportunity because it helped me gain more confidence in the skills I’ve learned throughout this program. I’m sad to see it come to an end, but also excited for what the future holds.” - Danielle Plant

  • Chelsea Clark

    “We were so lucky to have the opportunity to learn in such a hands-on way and I was especially fortunate to have such a collaborative and hard-working group.” - Chelsey Clark

  • Michela Prefontaine

    “I am really blessed to have been part of this program. I improved my collaboration skills and my ability to get my ideas across to others. I will take the knowledge that I have learned over the past couple of months to guide me in what I hope will be a long-lived career in the publishing industry.” - Michela Prefontaine

  • Jamie Tenn

    “This program is not like a regular degree: it is industry-based—we learned all the skills we need to immediately start to apply to jobs in the field. It’s kind of a no-brainer.” - Jamie Tenn

  • Morgan Barcroft-Martin

    “I had all this theoretical knowledge about books and a love of books, so the Creative Book Publishing program was an opportunity to take that next step and apply it in a practical way, to make connections, and to be a part of the Canadian book community, which I’m already really invested in on a personal level.” - Morgan Barcroft-Martin

Expert Faculty

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Nathan Whitlock

Nathan Whitlock is the co-ordinator for Humber's Creative Book Publishing program. In addition to his years of experience working as a freelance editor for many Canadian publishers, he has published two novels, and has written for the New York Review of Books, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Toronto Life, Quill & Quire, and many other publications. He is also the former managing editor for Humber Press.

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Allen Zuk

Allen Zuk spent his teenage years producing underground press fanzines in the late 1980s, then got his first job in newspaper advertising design and production in 1990, mostly working nights while completing a BA in English Literature from the University of Alberta. In 1997, a career switch into web development soon led to a relocation from Alberta to the southeast UK, where he worked as a designer, coder, and copywriter for several prestigious UK and EU clients at a London dot-com agency until the crash in 2001. He then landed a contract position writing sales presentations, commissioning authors, and editing and co-authoring titles for then Cambridge-based digital design publisher Ilex Press.

Following a 2004 relocation to Toronto, Allen graduated from the inaugural year of the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program, and founded a creative agency providing digital services to publishers and authors. He has been developing and teaching technology classes in the Creative Book Publishing program since 2006, and he served on the program's advisory committee from 2006 to 2020. He now lives in Prague, Czechia, working as a freelance editor and consultant.

Your Career

Book publishing is an innovative cultural industry that adapts to rapid and constant change in the marketplace and to evolving technological requirements while continuing to nurture creativity and growth. Find opportunities in editorial, marketing, technology, contracts, subsidiary rights, sales, management/operations and production/design. Or work in closely related fields as a content manager, publicist, literary agent, arts journalist, bookseller, educator, or entertainment/copyright/intellectual property expert in government agencies and industry associations. Humber also encourages entrepreneurship and the development of new enterprises including self-publishing and freelance options. Professional development is emphasized throughout the program. 

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Humber is a publicly-funded institution and does not have a public-private partnership. International students graduating from Humber or Humber’s International Graduate School (IGS) are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

International Students Out of Canada can Apply through Humber International

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Program-Specific Questions

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Nathan Whitlock, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 75485
nathan.whitlock@humber.ca

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Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admission selection is based on the following three requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma, diploma or equivalent

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    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

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    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

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    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

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    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

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