International Study & External Programs

Los Angeles Summer Workshop in Magazine Publishing

The Emerson Los Angeles Summer Workshop in Magazine Publishing

May 27 – July 25, 2015

This nine week, two-course workshop will immerse students in the creative and demanding world of magazine writing and publishing. Emerson students will work closely with professional faculty affiliated with the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB). Students will study the world of commercial magazine publishing and, at the same time, write and publish a non-fiction magazine in association with LARB and Emerson College. 

This special program is open to rising juniors and seniors who have a publishing major or minor or those students who are BA WLP majors.  The program will accept 10 - 15 students.  The intensive, cohort experience will be based at the new, state-of-the-art Emerson Los Angeles facility in Hollywood but will also use the city and county of Los Angeles as its laboratory.  Living and working in one of the most culturally diverse and dynamic cities in the world, students will write non-fiction stories about Los Angeles and collaboratively explore the ever-changing landscape that defines the City of Angels, Southern California, and the eastern edge of the Pacific Rim.  Students will visit various sites related to publishing in the Los Angeles area and attend a series of lectures given by working, writing professionals in the area.  You can read more here about Los Angeles Review of Books.

PB 307- Intermediate Magazine Writing  - 4 credits

Over the course of this intensive workshop, students will write and revise a critical or non-fiction work o relating to Southern California, with the goal of publishing the completed piece in cooperation with the Los Angeles Review of Books.  An essay on the Santa Ana winds, an in-depth review of an upcoming LA novel, reportage about the city’s ongoing quest for a reliable water source—these are just a few examples of the sort of project one might undertake.  In class, peers will critique one another’s ongoing efforts, and we’ll also read model pieces in a variety of genres. Before arriving,  students are encouraged to brainstorm a paragraph-long proposal for a project they might like to pursue, or ideally several from which to choose. Prerequisite: PB 207. May be repeated once for credit and may be substituted for one 300-level WR (writing) workshop.

PB 491 - Topics in Publishing: Magazine Publishing in Los Angeles  -  4 credits

This course is designed to train aspiring students in every aspect of magazine publishing, with the goal of publishing their piece in a major magazine. Students will learn everything from line editing and graphic illustration to publicity and fundraising. Designed as an intensive, hands-on learning experience, the course will expose students to editing long-form feature articles for a major magazines; copyediting; magazine production for print and online; fundraising through grassroots initiatives and ad sales; the editor-writer relationship; the state of independent publishing today; publicity, marketing and social media; and, how to write for and get published in a magazine. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

Lead Faculty:

Tom Lutz

Tom Lutz is the founder and editor of Los Angeles Review of Books. His books -- Doing Nothing (American Book Award), Crying (New York Times Notable Book), Cosmopolitan Vistas (Choice Outstanding Academic Title), and American Nervousness, 1903 (New York Times Notable Book) -- have been translated into 12 languages and have appeared on NYT and LAT bestseller lists. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Chicago Tribune, Die Zeit, ZYZZYVA, Exquisite Corpse,, Black Clock, and other newspapers and literary venues, as well as in dozens of books and academic journals. He has taught at Stanford University, University of Iowa, CalArts, University of Copenhagen, and now at UC Riverside

Jonathan Hahn

Jonathan Hahn is Executive Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books. He has worked in book publishing out of New York as well as in strategic communications and advocacy for non-profit and non-governmental organizations.

Paul Mandelbaum

Author of the award-winning novel Garrett in Wedlock and its sequel, Adriane on the Edge, Paul Mandelbaum has also published fiction and nonfiction in many leading periodicals, including Glimmer Train, The Harvard Review, The New York Times Magazine, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.  He conceived and edited the literary anthologies First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors and 12 Short Stories and Their Making.  Paul is also a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Estimated Costs - Summer 2015

8 credit tuition at $763 per credit $6,104
Housing (* the cost of ELA housing includes a parking spot in the ELA underground parking garage and $1037 ($17/day) in board bucks
Single room* $5,596
Double room* $5,096
Los Angeles Summer Activity Fee $150
Registration Fee $30
Health Insurance Coverage in the State of CA is mandatory for all students participating in this program - see below for details.
Estimated cost for a student taking 8 credits and living in a double room $11,380

Additional Expenses

  • Meal Service: The summer housing cost includes $1087 in Board Bucks plus an assigned parking spot in the ELA underground garage. There is no dining hall service at Emerson Los Angeles. Students will be able to use board bucks at the Emerson Cafe, located in the complex, or at neighborhood restaurants. Students can also purchase groceries and cook meals in the common kitchen on the 5th floor. If students want to cook meals, they will have to purchase pots, pans, dishes, etc.
  • Travel Costs: Students are responsible for arranging their travel to/from Los Angeles.
  • Spending Money: For entertainment and personal travel. Costs vary by personal spending habits.
  • Auto Insurance: Students who drive in California are obligated to carry the minimum California State auto insurance requirement.
  • Health Insurance Coverage: *Summer students must have a health insurance plan that covers them in CA while enrolled in the program. If your current plan does not provide coverage in CA, please research a plan that does. View mandatory Health Insurance Plan Requirements by clicking this link and scrolling down to bottom of the page where it lists the CODE OF MASSACHUSETTS REGULATIONS 114.6 CMR 3.00.

For additional information, call 617-824-8567 or email

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Summer 2015 Calendar


Monday 25 Memorial Day
Wednesday 27 Arrive in Los Angeles - Check into ELA
Thursday Orientation Programs


Monday 1 Classes Begin


Friday 3 ELA Offices Closed, no classes
Saturday 4 Independence Day
Friday 24 LA Classes End
Saturday 25 Depart Los Angeles - Check out by Noon

Current as of 03/02/2015 - subject to change

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