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

Meet Your Admission Counselor


Experience Emerson Live: How to Transport Your Reader to a Genre World

October 12, 2023, 11:00 a.m. EDT

Join us for a virtual glimpse into the Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing MFA program! From the cozy spaceship to the magic boarding school to the eerie mansion on the hill, traveling into the imaginative spaces of popular fiction is a deep readerly pleasure. During this interactive session, you’ll learn tips for how to immerse your reader in your story’s world and how to make your main character and their world belong to one another. Admissions staff will also be available to answer any questions you may have about the program or application process. We hope to see you there!