Practicum in Publishing
Prairie Fire Press has a long-standing commitment to educating youth in the area of publishing. Over the years, this commitment has evolved into a uniquely designed seven-month practicum program that provides a hands-on, intense learning experience in all aspects of publishing with special emphasis on the interests of each student. Each year Prairie Fire hosts one or two students from September to the following May during which time we strive to provide an extraordinary experience.
Demand for the program far exceeds availability of placements. My goal is to expand the program so that we can host at least two students every year, and offer summer employment for 2-4 months at the end of the practicum, which would be of benefit to both the student and Prairie Fire. In order to fund the practicum program we host an annual fundraiser every year called “Speaking Volumes.”
If you would like to help us foster a new wave of publishing professionals, please consider making a donation to the program, and if you would like to know more about our practicum, please contact me. Because we receive so many requests, preference is given to students from Manitoba.
We are grateful to our collaborators at the University of Winnipeg, Canadian Mennonite University and University of Manitoba for sending us so many lovely, talented and willing students.
Student Practicum Co-coordinator
WHAT OUR PRACTICUM
I sometimes can’t quite believe I had the opportunity to be part of the practicum program at Prairie Fire
Press. Besides providing an experience that I consider to be invaluable in understanding and appreciating
Canadian Literature and the culture that surrounds it, this program also allowed me to gain confidence
professionally, creatively, and personally. From reading and assessing submissions, discussing the
importance of health and well-being in creative careers, and to seeing, first-hand, the ins and outs of one
of Canada’s most respected literary magazines, Prairie Fire’s practicum program truly fosters all areas of
development in its students. I am forever grateful to Janine, Lindsey, Carolyn, and my fellow practicum
student, Misha for their knowledge, generosity, enthusiasm, and kind, kind hearts.
The practicum program at Prairie Fire has been a unique and wonderful compliment to my learning about
the literary and arts worlds through my undergraduate work and writing practice. This program gave me
hands on experience reading and adjudicating submissions and seeing the day to day work of how a literary
journal operates. I am incredibly grateful to Janine, Lindsey, and to my fellow practicum student Hunter,
for all their acceptance, encouragement, and sharing of laughter over coffee and tea each Monday morning
through the last year. Prairie Fire is an invaluable platform for emerging and established writers to share
their work and I am honoured to have had the opportunity to learn from and be a part of it for a time!
Participating in the practicum program at Prairie Fire Press has been an uplifting and immensely valuable experience. I am so fortunate to have taken part in this unique program, which fosters students’ personal, professional and artistic development and encourages empathy and integrity in all endeavors. As a result of the thoughtful guidance provided by Janine and Lindsey, I am a better reader and communicator, and have gained a much deeper understanding of the publishing industry. The program has given me confidence in my abilities, and optimism for the future. Thank you Janine, Lindsey, and Andris for providing me with such a kind and knowledgeable support system. The Prairie Fire Press publishing practicum is truly one-of-a-kind, and a vital component of Winnipeg’s creative community.
Joel Robert Fergusson
Bronwyn Jerrett Enns
GETTING READY FOR PUBLICATION
For information on availability and cost, please contact Janine Tschuncky.
Workshops are available outside of Winnipeg, although we require travel costs to be covered.
Friends & Partners
Canada Periodicals Fund
Canada Council for the Arts
Manitoba Arts Council
Winnipeg Arts Council
Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage
The Winnipeg Foundation
The WH & SE Loewen Foundation
FRIENDS & COLLABORATORS
Assiniboine Credit Union
Brandon University Department of English and Creative Writing
Canadian Mennonite University
Contemporary Verse 2
Hignell Book Printing
Instant Noodles Design
League of Canadian Poets
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Manitoba Magazine Publishers’ Association
McNally Robinson Booksellers
Promenade Café (Fort Gibraltar)
Red River College – Creative Communications
Sage Hill Writing Experience
The Banff Centre
Tony Gautier, CA
Université de Saint-Boniface
University of Manitoba Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture
University of Winnipeg Department of English
Winnipeg International Writers Festival