Writing, Literature & Publishing
In the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing, the symbiotic relationship between writing, publishing, and the study of literature becomes a shared experience of finding one’s voice, refining one’s talent, and gaining the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in today’s evolving literary landscape.
A student in the Magazine Design and Production course displays her work.
If you are passionate about developing your craft as a writer and your knowledge of literature and the world of publishing, our department is your introduction to a rewarding career.
We are focused on your individual voice and your particular talent. Our faculty includes award-winning authors, poets, and scholars—as well as successful publishing industry professionals—who are dedicated to helping students create publishable works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, and gain the skills needed to pursue a career in the book, magazine, or electronic publishing industry. Nearly 100 books bearing the names of our alumni have been published to date.
With a nationally ranked MFA program in creative writing, opportunities to contribute to the award-winning literary journal Ploughshares, and one of the nation’s only graduate-level publishing programs, Emerson gives committed writers and aspiring publishers a deep practical and theoretical knowledge of the writer’s art, literary history, and the workings of the publishing industry—the tools and training needed for a life devoted to literary pursuits.
WLP Professor Megan Marshall and the emersonWRITES program participate in the launch and unveiling of Boston as the country's first Literary Cultural District.
Michelle Bailat-Jones (MFA '05)
won the inaugral Christopher Doheny award for her novel Fog Island Mountains. The award recognizes a book-lenth work of fiction or nonfiction exploring the experience of serious illness and includes a $10,000 prize as well as publication and promotion of the book in print and audio editions.