The Publishing Laboratory

About The Publishing Laboratory

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(photo by Jeff Janowski, ©UNCW 2016)

In The Publishing Laboratory I learned what it means to give writing a life: out of the computer screen and into the hands of others.
-Corinne Manning, MFA fiction '10, founder of the James Franco Review and the Furnace Reading Series


Established in 2000 under the visionary guidance of former CEO of HarperCollins Canada and distinguished visiting professor Stanley Colbert, The Publishing Laboratory serves as both a classroom for graduate and undergraduate students and a fully functioning small press that issues original works under its own name.


Publishing is much more than the simple printing and distribution of books; it is a creative endeavor in its own right, combining a passion for the written word with an understanding of how to effectively reach readers. An integral part of the Department of Creative Writing, The Publishing Laboratory is a professional educational enterprise with two main imperatives. More >


Located in the newly renovated Kenan Hall, the Department of Creative Writing is home to a state-of-the-art design and production laboratory featuring seventeen iMac computers, Adobe CreativeSuite 6, two professional laser printers, a top-of-the-line plotter, a Challenge Titan guillotine book trimmer, and a Duplo perfect binder, in which Pub Lab students explore the artistic as well as the practical facets of editing, designing, and publishing original books and journals. More >