Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Emerson College’s residential graduate program in Publishing and Writing is close to a variety of publishers and media organizations, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Bedford/St. Martin’s, Adams Media, Beacon Press, Godine, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge, America’s Test Kitchen, Cengage, Wiley, Pearson, Cell Press, Harvard University Press, Harvard Education Publishing Group, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business Publishing, MIT Press, MIT Technology Review, The Boston Globe, WBUR, GBH, Boston magazine, Boston Review, and DigBoston. Greater Boston is also home to literary agencies, design studios, and a division of Google. 

Whatever your professional goals and interests might be, our Publishing and Writing program gives you exclusive access to internship opportunities, teaching positions, and more, including:

Writing Studies Program

The Writing Studies Program provides you with opportunities to mentor, teach and train undergraduate Emerson writing students.


Ploughshares is an award-winning literary journal offering exclusive job opportunities to Emerson writing students in editorial, marketing, and design.


Redivider is an award-winning literary journal produced by graduate students in the Creative Writing and Writing and Publishing programs. You can gain editing experience, publish your own work, and collaborate with other writers. 


emersonWRITES is a creative writing program offering free college-style workshops to students grades 8-12 enrolled in a Greater Boston public or charter school. Classes are taught by Emerson’s Creative Writing and Writing and Publishing graduate students.

Career Outlook

Students interested in a publishing career will enjoy a dynamic range of careers, including:

  • Editors and Editorial Consultants
  • Writers and Content Creators
  • Designers and Art Directors
  • Digital Content Producers, Managers, and Strategists
  • Literary Agents
  • Print and Production Specialists
  • Marketing Managers
  • Social Media Editors 
  • Public Relations Managers
  • Publicists
  • UX Specialists and Frontend Web Developers


Publishing and Writing alumni have worked for a variety of companies, and even started their own, including:

Magazine Media & News Organizations

  • America’s Test Kitchen
  • The Boston Globe 
  • Boston Magazine
  • Bustle
  • Coastal Living
  • Country Living
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Harvard Magazine
  • Philadelphia 
  • Vox
  • The Washington Post
  • Yoga Journal

Book Publishers

  • Abrams
  • Appetite (part of PRH Canada)
  • Bayard Presse (France)
  • Beacon Press
  • Candlewick Press
  • Chronicle Books
  • Hachette Book Group
  • HarperCollins
  • Simon and Schuster
  • Penguin Random House
  • Soho Publishing
  • W.W. Norton

University Presses and Educational Publishers

  • Brandeis University Press
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Cengage
  • Harvard University Press
  • Macmillan Learning
  • MIT Press
  • Pearson
  • Princeton University Press
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Wiley

Get the Emerson Edge with our Graduate Student Benefits 

Once you commit to graduate school at Emerson, you’re automatically enrolled in our Emerson Edge program. Emerson Edge is designed to help you network with peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to ensure you’re getting what you need out of your graduate program including career exploration, resume building, financial planning, and access to exclusive events for students and alumni. 

Emerson Edge benefits:

  • Career exploration and preparedness: Work with Career Development to discuss your interests and skills to investigate different career paths. Our Career Development team reviews industry trends and updates you on emerging career paths and industries. Start with the Graduate Career Action Plan to learn about your skills, the Emerson community, industry, and network. Work with our team to craft your resume, cover letter, and portfolio and receive access to exclusive job listings.
  • Attend Graduate Student Events: Meet new friends and network with your colleagues in the graduate community at in-person and online events hosted by the Graduate Student Association.
  • Work with your Graduate Program Director: Your Graduate Program Director serves as a mentor to you and your classmates. They’ll help you connect with alumni, identify internship and career opportunities, and build a class schedule that excites you.
  • Network with Emerson Alumni: Our alumni network consists of 51,000+ proud lions. Meet alumni from around the globe through Emerson’s exclusive Emerge platform, and in-person and virtual events hosted by our Alumni Relations team. Our alumni are known for helping each other out, from mentoring opportunities to career guidance, and you’ll join one of the best alumni networks in the country.
  • Consult with our resource center to create a work-life balance plan and receive feedback on writing projects and coursework for native and non-native English speakers.
  • Find graduate housing: Work with our Off-Campus Student Services to find off-campus graduate housing, roommates, neighborhood and budgeting advice, and even learn how to sign a lease.
  • Explore our accessible resources: Coordinate with our Student Accessibility Services to receive access and support to our graduate programs and courses, activities, and services to ensure your needs are met while studying at Emerson.