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.

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wlp student displays her magazine design

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.

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Asako Serizawa

ASAKO SERIZAWA's (MFA '01) story "Train to Harbin" won a 2016 O. Henry Prize for Short Fiction. Serizawa recently finished a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship.


Bridgit Brown

BRIDGIT BROWN's (MFA '98) poem "Blue Hill Avenue" was accepted into the Mayor's Poetry Program. Brown's poem will be on display on the walls at Boston City Hall beginning this month, and she will read her work at City Hall on Wednesday, April 20 at noon.


Jaweed Kaleem

JAWEED KALEEM (BA ’07) was recently appointed the National Race & Justice Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.


ParisWLP student Andrew Grant and his mother, Tracy Grant, wrote “companion pieces” about their travel in Paris together while Andrew was studying abroad at the Castle. The pieces were published in the Travel section of The Washington Post.

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