MA in Publishing and Writing


Program Description

About the Program

Pursuing a career in publishing? Whether you want to shape the prose of fresh voices as an editor, represent writers as a literary agent, or work with exciting online publications and new media formats, Emerson’s prestigious Master of Arts in Publishing and Writing will help you succeed in this ever-vital, ever-changing field.

You’ll receive a comprehensive overview of the publishing industry with the flexibility to take classes in a variety of areas, including book, magazine, and electronic publishing courses, customizing the program to meet your interests. With the support and guidance of our award-winning faculty, you will master:

  • Writing for print and online magazines
  • Book and magazine design and production
  • Publishing for tablets, e-readers, and mobile devices
  • Web design and publishing
  • Publicity and marketing
  • Developmental, line, and copy editing
  • Acquisition skills

The Art & Business of Writing

The MA in Publishing and Writing program provides an overview of the publishing industry from writing and editing through design, production, promotion, and distribution. You may also take courses in literature, writing workshops, teaching college composition, or intern at a literary agency, magazine publisher, or book publisher.

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A Faculty of Savvy Professionals & Expert Scholars

Our faculty is made up of accomplished publishing and writing professionals. They are editors, writers, designers, publishers, and consultants currently working in the field. They come from major industrial sources such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Addison-Wesley, Globe Pequot Press, Nation Books, Viking, Penguin, Da Capo Press, Newsweek, Inc., Men’s Journal, Boston magazine, and The Atlantic Monthly. Their expertise gives you a solid foundation in traditional publishing, as well as exposure to current market trends, including innovations in electronic publishing.

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Located in a Literary Epicenter

Home to major book publishers, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Beacon Press, Da Capo Press, MIT Press, Addison-Wesley, David R. Godine, Bedford/St. Martin’s, Allyn and Bacon, and Pearson, and with Boston magazine, Ploughshares, and Cook’s Illustrated also based here, Boston is an ideal place for launching your publishing career. Emerson’s campus is only blocks away from many of these industry giants. Our city is synonymous with writing as both an artistic pursuit and a business endeavor, and our students are immersed in this dynamic literary community.

Last updated Mar 2018

About the School

Emerson College is internationally recognized as the nation’s premier institution of higher learning devoted to communication and the arts.

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