Members will be interested (perhaps on behalf of younger friends and relatives) to hear that Freeman Ella Kahn (right in photo ) and her business partner Bryony Woods (left in photo ), the 2016 

YS prize winners are, through their company, Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency, sponsoring a place on the Get Into Book Publishing Summer Course to be held at UCL from 29th August – 1st September 2017

The Get Into Book Publishing course is a new, four-day vocational course organised by Bluebird Consulting and and will provide a comprehensive, industry-supported, accessible introduction to publishing.

Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency are pleased to be sponsoring one place on the course for a candidate who lives outside of easy commuting distance from London.

Ella says that as a company, DKW are keen to support initiatives aimed at increasing employee diversity in the industry, and as UCL alumni (she and Bryony Woods, DKW founders, met on the UCL MA Publishing course in 2009) this felt like the perfect project to get involved with. Regional diversity is something that is often overlooked, but the prohibitive costs of travelling to and staying in London for courses and internships is a real barrier to entry which they wanted to address.

By covering the course fee of £200, they hope to make those additional travel and accommodation costs a little less prohibitive, and thereby enable the participation of a candidate who would not otherwise have been able to attend. (Please note that DKW will only cover payment of the course fee, and candidates must make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. The course leaders can help with low cost accommodation if required through the Spare Rooms Project and through UCL Halls of Residence).

DKW will also offer their sponsored candidate two sessions of one-to-one mentoring in the six months following completion of the course, at a time convenient to them, either face-to-face or remotely.

To be considered for this sponsored place, candidates should email (with the subject line ‘Get Into Book Publishing Sponsorship Application) a 400 word personal statement, telling them a little about themselves, why they want to do the course and why they are eligible for the sponsorship, to by 5.00pm on Monday 7th August 2017. The selected candidate will be announced on Monday 14th August.

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