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Learning the Ropes: Paid Internships in Publishing

May 17, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Paid work experience in publishing can be an amazing way to learn about the industry, see what different teams do, and increase your skills when you are looking for that first job or are early in your career.

Join us on Monday 17th May 6-7pm to hear about some of the opportunities available throughout the year and hear from people who have taken part in these programmes.

A link to this event will be emailed to all ticket holders on the day of the event. Join in with the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #SYPInsights


This event will be chaired by Omara Elling-Hwang (@omaraEH), Assistant Editor at HarperCollins working on the NonFiction Gift & IP list. She is also the Co-Chair of SYP London this year. Prior to this, she was on the Traineeship at HarperCollins completing rotations in different Editorial departments and Communications. She also runs the non-profit WriteUnite.

Our panellists will be Serena Arthur, Suher Sofi, Hannah Chukwu and Tenelle Ottley-Matthew.


Serena Arthur is Editorial Assistant at Wildfire Books, Headline. She is also an Events Coordinator and Inclusivity Rep for SYP London for 2021. She joined Wildfire in July 2020 after nine months on the Hachette BAME Traineeship, which is recruited via Creative Access. She supports the team on a range of editorial tasks, whilst also making connections in the industry and starting to build her own list. As a student she was the Deputy Editor and co-creator of Onyx, a magazine which platforms the work of students of African and Caribbean descent.


Suher Sofi’s route into publishing started on the HarperCollins Traineeship, in which she rotated across different departments. She is currently an editorial and executive assistant at HQ at HarperCollins UK, working across commercial non-fiction titles. Suher is interested in finding stories that redefine stereotypes, tackle taboos, and is keen to find new voices that will disrupt the industry and make the publishing space more representative.


Hannah Chukwu is an award-winning Assistant Editor at Hamish Hamilton, PRH, working on literary fiction and non-fiction. She is an editor for Five Dials, the editor for Black Britain: Writing Back, and Policy and Campaigns Consultant for ‘Lit in Colour’. 


Tenelle Ottley-Matthew works as an Editorial Assistant at Transworld Publishers, working on their commercial fiction titles. Previously, she interned at Blake Friedmann and Curtis Brown literary agencies and has a background in journalism.



May 17, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM