Courses & Faculty

Jim Stafford

This course offers both instruction and experiential learning in literary editing and publishing. Students will learn the central place of editing in the practice of writing and will be introduced to a range of editorial skills in order to collaboratively produce a literary publication—from developing a guiding concept to soliciting creative work to launching it to an audience. For young writers curious about what happens “behind the scenes” of the books and magazines they love, this is a highly valuable crash course in the exciting world of publishing.

Jim Stafford is the Founding Editor of Split Oak Press, an independent literary publisher of book length memoirs, novels, flash fiction, poetry, and collections that combine multiple genres, such as poetry and art. The Split Oak Press staff includes writers and teachers from various parts of the U.S., and it usually involves several Ithaca College student interns. Dr. Stafford himself has written several nonfiction young adult books, and he is also a professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College. He received a doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia.