Last term, boxes were meticulously packed and labeled for either our temporary office or deep storage. Some supplies even lived in managers’ cars during the winter break. There was one item, however, that needed special attention: our 1885 Chandler & Price letterpress.
portland state university
Ooligan Press is staffed by students in Portland State University’s graduate program in Book Publishing. With the Fall 2018 application deadline approaching on April 1, we thought it would be helpful to discuss the admissions process and give tips to prospective students.
The dreaded “self-edit” acts as the bane of most writers’ existence. After pouring yourself into a carefully crafted piece for so long—draining blood, sweat, and tears in the process—it can be overwhelming to then restructure, reformat, and (oh please, no!) cut out portions of text. You’re attached to the writing, you’re invested in the experience, and you’re determined to share your story with the world—so why do you now need to edit it? New studies are proving, however, that this dreaded “self-edit” can actually prove therapeutic, in the same vein as writing and art therapies. Shaping a personal narrative is therapeutic in its own right, but the act of further cultivating and honing this narrative through a self-editing process can lead individuals to completely reprocess their own understanding of the world around them.
I was struck by the power of what I had been learning poring over my programming books. Anyone who, like me, was willing to spend some time, could now build a virtual printing press.
Write to Publish is more than a fundraiser for Ooligan Press—it’s a conference that brings together publishing minds to demystify the industry and provide tools for writers through workshops, panels, and speeches from well-informed industry professionals. The workshops and panels are all a part of what brings people in each year; and what makes Write […]
Prior to my career at Portland State University, I enjoyed all the career benefits of a creative writing degree: cooking, serving, managing—anything with an apron. Then I moved to Portland with the intent to find a “real” job. Have you ever bought Tupperware from a fresh-faced go-getter in the grocery store? Did that person seem […]