Emerson’s MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing is one of the first online programs of its kind to prepare you to write professional-level stories and novels. We welcome writers creating stories in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, romance, horror, mystery, thrillers, young adult— and any exciting combination thereof.

Our program is designed to develop your writing skills and teach you the history of different genres. You will learn the preliminary steps to publishing your work, either through the traditional editor/publisher model or through the popular self-publishing models.

Program highlights include:

  • Developing your writing skills and focusing on creating plot and character-driven stories
  • In-depth review of how books are published and marketed from trade publishing professionals
  • Networking opportunities with renowned writers, publishers, and academics
  • Crafting a thesis to submit to agents or self-publish, with one-on-one support from your advisor
  • 100% online and asynchronous MFA program to fit your schedule
  • No GRE requirements to apply
  • Full-time and part-time options

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Experience Emerson Live: How to Make Your Characters Unforgettable

October 19, 2021, 11:00 a.m. EST

Characters are the heartbeat of fiction. Like bricks to a bricklayer or lumber to a carpenter, characters are the "stuff" out of which a novelist's end product is made. How do you make sure yours are dynamic, compelling and vivid for your reader? We will offer some suggestions and tips.

Encore Scholarship Webinar: How to get Your Discounted Master's Degree at Emerson

October 27, 2021, 12:00 p.m. EST

During this session, you'll get the opportunity to hear from our admission staff and learn more about our graduate programs and alumni Encore scholarship.