The Seagull School of Publishing, Calcutta, offers a professional course—in
Editing and in Book Design—run entirely by practicing publishers, editors
and designers who are passionate about the craft of publishing. Hands-on
training. Loads of assignments. Conversations with professionals from
publishing houses in India and abroad. Field trips to printing presses.
Research trips to bookstores. Open-house discussions on current issues.
Classes ranging from copyright infringement to e-books to the joys of
reprinting *War and Peace*. Internships. Fellowships for aspiring
publishers. And a computer lab featuring the best of equipment and software.

A career in books is often seen as the preserve of the traditional elite.
Globally, over the last 20 years, publishers and other lobby groups have
sought to address the lack of social and ethnic diversity in publishing.
The UK-based forum for Equality in Publishing,
is one such initiative. It was earlier called DIPNET—Diversity in
Publishing Network. A DIPNET survey in the UK in 2007 revealed that fewer
than 4 per cent of people working in editorial and senior roles within
publishing are from ethnic minorities, and the prevailing perception of the
industry was that it is dominated by the white middle class. The trade
journal *Bookseller <> *has
often discussed this issue in recent years. In India, despite lack of hard
data, a similar situation obtains.

In a modest contribution towards diversity, the Seagull School of
Publishing, in association with Navayana <>, invites
applications from groups traditionally under-represented in all areas of
publishing in India. In the Indian context, this would mean candidates who
otherwise face exclusion owing to caste, religion and class.

Two selected candidates will be offered a scholarship by
Seagull<> and

Applicants who wish to avail of this opportunity must write a note on how
and why their candidature shall contribute to diversity in publishing.
Applicants must have a good working knowledge of English since that will
be the medium of instruction.

*Course 2: 1 June–31 August 2013*

Applications open: 1 February 2013

Last date for applications: 31 March 2013

Admission tests and interviews: 1–7 April 2013

Selection results: 15 April 2013