Course Overview

A Three-Month Online Course in Publishing.

Duration: 3 January to 31 March 2022
Mondays to Fridays, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Lessons will include:

  • Copy-editing and proofreading different kinds of manuscripts—fiction, nonfiction, ​ translations and​ academic titles
  • Commissioning titles and building lists in literary an​d commercial genres
  • Contracts and foreign-rights​ ​​ management, buying and selling rights across the globe
  • Planning production budgets and publication schedules
  • Understanding the fundamentals of ​book design
  • Interpreting cover briefs, from bestsellers to children’s titles to school textbooks and art catalogues​
  • ​Practical​ assignments, group projects, field trips to printing presses and bookstores and open-house discussions on current issues

Attend online masterclasses with authors, editors, publishers​, translators and rights managers from India and across the world, as well as daily interactions, lessons and assignments with Seagull Books faculty.

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    1. Dear Debjoti, In order to be eligible for the course, you need to be a graduate in any discipline, with a good command of English. You can fill out the application form at Once we receive your application, we will contact you regarding an admission test. the course fees are Rs 50,000/-. If you are admitted, you need to pay Rs 10,000/- as a non-refundable admission fee, and the remaining Rs 40,000/- when you start the course in June 2016.

  1. Nikita Mathur

    Would this course be repeated some other time this year? I am interested in the book design course but I would be unable to join in June.

  2. Hi,

    I am currently working as an instructional designer and am very keen on taking this up. However, the road block is that i’m a full-time employee, which means that i can only do weekend classes. Request you to let me know if there is such a provision for candidates like me.


    1. Hi Shreya, Unfortunately there’s no provision for weekend classes. We’d love to have you join the course and learn from us, so if you ever take a few months off, you know where to come 🙂 All the best, in the meantime—the Seagull team.

  3. Good morning Team Seagull.

    I’m very interested in attending this course and would like to take it up in Jan ’17 (for the editorial training). May I please know if there is a deadline for applying for the winter course in 2017? If yes, when?

    Thank you.


  4. Aditi Vaidya

    Hello Seagull Team
    I’m interested in taking both the courses. I want to know if you have provision for doing that simultaneously.
    Also, does this course give me a certificate of any kind? Is it recognized out of India? Will I get a job in publishing based on this course? Is there provision for placements? What format would the admission test be in? Will I be informed if I don’t get selected?
    Do you think this course will take place in Mumbai anytime soon?
    I know I have a lot of questions. Apologies for the inconvenience. But please try to answer them if you can. Thank you. ☺

    1. Dear Aditi Vaidya,

      Thank you for contacting us. To answer your questions:

      1. Both Design and Editing are 3-month long, full-time professional courses and cannot be pursued simultaneously.

      2. The School awards a certificate which is recognized by most of the English-language publishers in the country.

      3. We do not guarantee placement. However, several well-known publishing houses are familiar with our institution and have hired our students in the past. Moreover, they inform us of vacancies. We then pass this information on to our students and alumni.

      4. The online admission test is an hour and a half–long online test. No special preparation is required—it’s a fairly elementary test of English language and general awareness.

      5. The School is based in Calcutta. The course is intensive, hands-on and classroom-based. Students are expected to live in Calcutta for the entire duration of the course.

      Best wishes,
      the Seagull team

    1. Dear Aldish Edroos,

      During the course we have a number of professionals visiting us from various publishing houses and they share information about opportunities in the industry. Many of our students have been employed, a few work as freelancers and some have even started their own publishing houses. However, having said that, the school itself does not guarantee any placement.

      Hope this answers your query.

      the Seagull team

  5. Maitrayee Samadder

    I am very much interested in pursuing this course. Can you please tell me from when can we apply for the January 2017 course?
    Thank you

    1. Dear Sougata:

      The School does not guarantee placements, although most of our students since 2012 are working in the publishing industry — several well-known publishing houses are familiar with our institution and have hired our students in the past.

      Best wishes,
      the Seagull team.

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