Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing
The online MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing is designed for students who want to pursue a career as a writer of novels in the genres of fantasy, science-fiction, horror, mystery, thriller or young adult. Students are able to take online writing workshops and classes in literature and publishing from anywhere in the world. Working with Emerson faculty—renowned published authors, scholars and publishers—the program is designed to help you develop your skills in writing stories with an eye to key fiction markets while learning the history of the genres. Students will also learn the preliminary steps to publishing your work, either through the traditional editor/ publisher model or through the popular self-publishing models.
Why Popular Fiction?
The MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing is one of the first online writing programs to prepare students to write professional-level stories and novels in the genres of fantasy, science-fiction, horror, mystery, thrillers, and young adult. The program is an opportunity for students to read deeply, think critically, and discuss popular fiction with peers from various professional perspectives. Students will strengthen their writing and editing skills and learn contemporary practices for publishing their work or finding and working with literary agents, professional editors, and marketers to bring their vision to a wide readership. The program, which draws on the expertise of writers, literary scholars and publishers, offers students the unique experience to take creative workshops and literature courses as well as hands-on publishing courses aimed at teaching them how to turn a completed manuscript into a polished, publishable work.
The online MFA program provides a chance to understand the nature of story-telling from a personal, historical and market perspective. Online writing workshops serve as the core of the curriculum and are designed to allow writers of different genres to work together to gain a deeper understanding of the art and craft of writing popular fiction. To complement the workshop experience, our online program also requires you to take literature courses on the history and current trends in specific genres as well as publishing course that explore the different paths to publications.
The online program is convenient and flexible, allowing students from anywhere in the world to work on their fiction writing, including working adults, parents, or those who are unable to attend a traditional college. The program is designed to work around students’ schedules, and there are no residency requirements. Our online workshops, literature seminars, and publishing courses give students the ability to participate in class discussions with ease and to plan their study time around family, work, or other life commitments. The program provides a comfortable learning environment for writers.
What Unique Opportunities does the online MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing Provide?
- A focus on developing plot and character-driven stories in genres of speculative fiction, thriller, and young adult.
- A chance to learn from professionals from trade publishing on how books are published and marketed.
- A network of writers, publishers and academics
- The ability to take classes from anywhere in the world
- Courses that fit your busy schedule
Why Emerson College?
The Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College is home to one of the longest running creative writing MFA programs in the country and one of the only Masters programs in publishing in North America. Based in the heart of downtown Boston, Emerson sits at the crossroads of intellectual inquiry, creative endeavor, and innovation. The College has fostered a community of writers, editors, publishers and teachers for several decades. The online program in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing promotes a space for fiction writers who want to focus on working in the areas of speculative fiction, crime novels or young adult literature.
The MFA at a Glance
With rolling admissions in Fall, Spring and Summer, our online program offers students online workshops where they can learn how to build their worlds and develop their skills. Students will take writing workshops, literature classes that will provide a framework for understanding the tradition of their genre, and publishing courses that will instruct them on the various options for publishing genre fiction. Students will also work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to craft a thesis to send out to agents or be self-published.
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