Publishing & Writing Curriculum
While other programs focus exclusively on the business and editorial sides of writing, they often do not delve into literature and writing the way that Emerson’s program does. Our integration of publishing, literature, and writing cultivates your ability to respond to creativity, with creativity.
The Art & Business of Writing
We offer a flexible curriculum where publishing and writing meet. You have the option to choose from book, magazine, and electronic publishing courses, in a program that blends together an overview of the publishing industry from writing and editing through design, production, and distribution. You will be exposed to:
- developmental, line, and copy editing
- acquisitions skills
- publicity and marketing
- book and magazine design and production
- publishing for tablets, readers, and mobile devices
- web design and publishing
Students may also elect to take literature courses and writing workshops.
Teaching College Composition
Each year, a selected number of MFA and MA students learn to teach writing at the undergraduate level. Teaching College Composition is a 4-credit, one-semester course that prepares students to teach at Emerson during their master’s program and then at other institutions after graduation. Although taking the course does not guarantee a part-time teaching position at Emerson, students who have completed the course are interviewed by faculty and are often offered appointments. Many students find that this foundation in teaching is a valuable tool in pursuing jobs after graduation.
For many students, the Publishing and Writing program culminates with a project that demonstrates a professional level of accomplishment in at least two areas of publishing and writing.
Past projects have included:
- a fixed layout, illustrated e-book;
- a memoir of life in London’s publishing business; and
- an editorial style guide researched and written for MIT Press, Newsweek, Inc., Men’s Journal, Boston magazine, and The Atlantic Monthly.
Publishing & Writing (MA) At a glance
Fall admission only
Full-time or part-time enrollment. Full-time enrollment is typically 8 or 12 credits per semester.
Full-time students complete the degree in two years; part-time students complete the degree in two and a half to three years.
Publishing & Writing News
Alum Matthew Digangi (2010) is working for Bresnick Weil Literary Agency in New York, NY.
MA students, alumni, and publishing faculty won several awards at the 58th annual New England Book Show! A full list of winners is available in the article below.
Marcus Off Duty designed by Professor Lisa Diercks was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. Diercks also won a New England Book Show award for the cover and interior design.
MA Mary Nolan and MA Mireidys Garcia are recipients of the 2015 Bookbuilders of Boston scholarship.
Alumna Liliana Ballesteros's (2014) book design for The Book of Love received an award from the 2015 New England Book Show. Two other MA in Publishing and Writing students won for their e-book designs: Matt Jackson (MA '15) and Mary Nolan (MA '15).
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Alex Khatchadourian (MA '14) and Abby Ringiewicz (MA '15) won a New England Book Show award for the design of their third issue of Amadeus, a magazine they co-founded. Ringiewicz also has two pieces featured on newyorker.com.
Assistant Professor Bill Beuttler’s interview with jazz musician Rudresh Mahanthappa was featured in the February issue of DownBeat magazine. Mahanthappa explains the genesis of Bird Calls, his recent album celebrating the genius of Charlie Parker.
Christopher Hughes (MA, '15) is featured in Boston Magazine’s April issue cover story on the Top 21 breweries in New England.
Alumus Alexis Hauk (MA ’09) is moving cross-country to become Assistant Editor of the humanities-oriented news website Zócalo Public Square in Los Angeles. She was previously homepage editor of TIME.
Assistant Professor Benoit Denizet-Lewis attended the 2015 AWP Conference and was on the panel "Writing about Animals".