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Monday, December 8, 2008

Océ Fast-Tracks Aspiring Authors

By The PEiR Group

Who hasn't harbored the fantasy of holing up in their office with a great idea, a pot of strong coffee, and a desire to see their name in print?

Getting published is tougher than ever, these days, but a bit easier for 45 middle and high school students from 15 different School District of Palm Beach County schools - thanks to Océ.

The students participated in the third annual Océ Future Authors Project summer writing workshop, where they compiled poetry, short stories and essays into a book they named, "Confessions of a Teenage Author."

Océ used their VarioStreama 8000 printers and PRISMAa workflow software to print the book.

Océ created the program in partnership with the Palm Beach County school district and with support from local backers. During the eight-day workshop, the students learned about writing, editing, and digital book publishing. Certified teachers provided instruction, with additional insight provided by Océ executives and published authors, Margaret Ahnert, James O. Born, Jonathon King, Ray Gosa, Sally Ling and Dr. Laurence Miller.

Océ executives predict that digital book printing and publishing technology will open up more opportunities for aspiring writers. "Digital printing technology for books is revolutionizing the industry and fueling trends like self-publishing, creating exciting opportunities for new talent - like these young, aspiring authors -to pursue their dreams," says Océ Vice President of Marketing Services Sheryl Pattek.

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