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Emerson College MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing
Emerson College

MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing

Boston, USA

5 Semesters


Full time, Part time

02 Mar 2025*

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* Priority decision: February 1. Late application deadline: May 1.


Romance. Fantasy. Science fiction. Horror. Mystery. Thrillers. Young adult. Which is the right genre for your story? Become a genre fiction author with our online Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing MFA.

Our flexible graduate program allows you to work on your writing from anywhere in the world, with online workshops, literature seminars, and publishing courses that fit your schedule. Become a better writer, explore the history of your genre, and learn how to take the first steps toward publishing.

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


Our Writing, Literature, and Publishing Department has attracted an industry-active faculty that offers a diverse range of perspectives and expertise.

Emerson Advantage

Emerson College offers everything aspiring writers need to hone their talents and refine their craft.

Page Turner Magazine is an annual magazine that showcases Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing student and alumni work. The magazine was created by students with a goal to showcase the diverse creative conscience of Emerson students and alumni by publishing their popular fiction and art in digital and print form.


Our Alumni have gone on to establish successful writing careers. Recent alumni who have gone on to publish their work include:

  • Scott Johnson
    • Ungeheur, Boston, Bloodshot Books, 2021
    • Stanley Cooper Chronicles, Books 1-4 Texas, CLB Press, 2018-2020
    • Shy Grove: A Ghost Story, Texas, CLB Press, 2018
  • Emma Collins ‘20
    • Winner 2020 EggTooth Editions chapbook contest for her book, Snow
  • Nicole Diebold ‘19
    • Honeymoon Alone, 4B Pub, 2019
  • RB Wood ‘19
    • Bayou Whispers, Crystal Lake Publishing, 2021
  • Alexandra Lapointe, ‘20
    • Cloakers, Atmosphere Press, 2021



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