Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Meet John Rodzvilla
John Rodzvilla, Graduate Program Director of the MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing
John Rodzvilla has worked on a variety of editorial, production, and subsidiary rights endeavors in publishing. He acquired and developed non-fiction titles on business writing, weblog development, forensic science, and general non-fiction. Rodzvilla also worked in the subsidiary rights department of the Perseus Books Group where he licensed titles for translation in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa and developed digital initiatives with Google, Amazon, Sony, and Microsoft.
Rodzvilla earning his Master's in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and has presented on using social networks, new publishing tools and comics at conferences across the country including WonderCon, the American Library Association's annual conference, and the annual conference for the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Why offer a MFA program with a focus on popular fiction, and why offer it online?
“Popular Fiction is enjoying a renaissance in our culture. It dominates the box office, best-seller lists and television. There are several recent developments that have allowed the audience for genres like science fiction, fantasy, young adult and mystery to come together to celebrate the work they love and find out about new series and writers. The advent of online bookstores that can list thousands of titles, the rise of fantasy and popular culture cons, and the ease of publishing stories online, whether it is fan fiction or serialized e-books, are a few of the changes in our world that have opened up new audiences.
We decided to offer this program online so that the writers in the program can join a new community without disrupting their lives. Writers in these genres are comfortable working with cohorts online, as this has been one of the main avenues for learning how to write since the days of online bulletin boards. We wanted to create an MFA program that was a bridge between the online forums that writers use to develop stories and the intensive experience of workshops like Clarion, Odyssey and Viable Paradise.”