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Summer Editing Apprenticeship (SEA)

Registration is closed for 2023

Train Part-Time as a Literary Editor This Summer!

June 25-July 30, 2023

The Summer Editing Apprenticeship is a part-time online program for rising 9th - 12th-grade high school students. Over the five weeks of the apprenticeship students will gain advanced knowledge of the craft and art of literary editing and be prepared for senior editing roles at Polyphony Lit or their high school literary magazine.

Through this course, students will connect with a global community of peer writers and readers. We believe that editing offers students an opportunity to develop and celebrate their unique voices in a way that is both fun and rewarding!

The program combines asynchronous training modules, live lectures, collaborative group discussions, and weekly assignments to respond to actual author submissions to Polyphony Lit.


Space is limited. Register now to guarantee your spot!

Course Schedule

Training:  Weeks 1 - 3

Week 1

Approaching Poetry: online content, live lecture and discussion with poetry instructor. Collaborate with other Apprentices on one poetry submission.

Week 2

Approaching Fiction: online content, live lecture and discussion with fiction instructor. Collaborate with other Apprentices on one fiction submission.

Week 3

Approaching Creative Nonfiction: online content, live lecture, and discussion with creative nonfiction instructor. Collaborate with other Apprentices on one creative nonfiction submission.

Work:  Weeks 4 - 5
Weeks 4 - 5

Work as Junior Editor, responding to two editorial assignments from active Polyphony Lit submissions per week. Apprentices will receive feedback on every assignment. Conference with mentor to discuss interests, feedback, and areas for focus.


Learning Outcomes

We expect Apprentices will advance their literary skills while doing meaningful work. Specific learning goals include:​

Craft & Technique
  • Method to approach poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction

  • Understanding of elements of each genre

  • Practice using literary devices to interpret and analyze submissions and give editorial feedback

  • Consideration for how the overall effect of structure, devices, and themes contribute to the effect of the piece

The Responsibility of Criticism (Judging Quality) & The Writer/Editor Relationship
  • Embracing multiple standards of quality: diverse aesthetic, authentic voice, style, technique

  • Awareness of contemporary challenges of creative works in a diverse world

  • Honing judgment about quality

Process & Challenges in Publishing
  • Responsibilities and functions of the editorial pipeline

  • Acceptance and rejection criteria and decision-making

  • Polyphony Lit's unique mission to encourage and support emerging writers


Program Details

  • Detailed written feedback on all editing assignments.

  • Optional opportunity to write a post for our “Voices” blog

  • Opportunity to meet and learn from other students through collaborative assignments, our online community forum, and in our live online lectures

  • Phone/Zoom conference with instructor

  • Cost: $449/student, Use Promo Code "SEA50Off" for a $50 discount!! Limited Time Only



Participant Expectations

  • Expected commitment: 3-5 hours per week

  • We expect Apprentices will have other work/study/vacation commitments, so all live lectures will be recorded to avoid schedule conflicts

  • We welcome international students and will do our best to work around time zone issues

  • We hope that Apprentices will continue working on staff with Polyphony Lit after concluding the program. Instructors will give you personal feedback about your path to promotion, but enrollment as an Apprentice is not a guarantee of promotion. Historically, about 10% of our Junior Editors earn promotion to Genre Editor and Executive Editor


"What an experience! Now, having finished the program, I can clearly look back and see how I improved as an editor – and a writer! My progress is all thanks to the teachers and TAs, as well as the guests we had the privilege of talking to. The Summer Editing Apprenticeship has overall been an invaluable and fun experience."

— 2022 Summer Apprentice

"This program is for everyone -- both the novice and the already-experienced teen. Beyond that, it's a great experience for literary-loving teens to have a community of editors/writers who feel passionate about words, poetry, and prose."

— 2022 Summer Apprentice

"I honestly really enjoyed this program and would and will recommend this to other friends of mine who are writers! I've never had any professional experience with editing before so this gave me an amazing background and a great start to editing."

— 2022 Summer Apprentice

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