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Business class with Lissa Warren

Lissa Warren teaches the art of thinking like a publisher. She also has a lesson about a cat.

Lissa WarrenIt’s pouring rain on a November evening in New England, and inside Emerson College’s Walker Building on the south side of Boston Common, Lissa Warren urges her graduate students to think like publishers.


Each student has a handout that reads “A Day in the Life of a Publisher” with a list of problems publishers confront daily. The challenges include an author who shows up to events drunk and a drummer threatening to sue over being featured in his bandmates’ memoir. But the 10 young women in Warren’s class aren’t intimidated; they readily tackle each scenario.

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