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: Getting Your Work Into Print

October 26, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT

Join us for a virtual glimpse into the Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing MFA program! During this interactive session you will hear directly from our faculty members and learn about writing, design, and seeing your work in print. 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!

Graduate Open House

November 3, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EDT

Attend our Graduate Admission Fall Open House! Join us for the opportunity to visit our Downtown Boston campus, meet current students and faculty, and learn more about Emerson's graduate programs and community resources. We hope to see you there!