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Publishing and Editing Certificate

Without Maxwell Perkins there would have been no F. Scott Fitzgerald; without Carmen Balcells, One Hundred Years of Solitude couldn’t have swept the world.  Editors and literary agents are bridges from writer to reader. The Mount St. Mary’s University certificate in Publishing is designed to equip its students with credentials and hands-on skills to take on roles in the dynamic world of book, magazine, and website publishing. The certificate trains students to work on commercial and independent sides, as well as the attendant fields of editing, marketing, and artist representation.

Students who enroll in the certificate will gain access not only to MFA faculty but diverse professionals outside of academia who work across the industry. The publishing certificate is a stand-alone credential but can also be pursued in combination with an MFA degree or other graduate level pursuits.

Providing students with experience in a range of editorial modalities, including magazine and book, print and online formats, the Publishing certificate is made for careers at literary agencies, imprints, and journals and magazines; students will also gain foundational knowledge and expertise to found their own ventures. Certificate students have access to our workshops, reading series, literary, and study abroad in Peru.

The Publishing certificate can be completed in three successive semesters, Fall, Spring, and Summer, or at a pace determined by the individual student. Courses are: Independent Publishing, Editing, Book Arts, Agents and Representation, and Marketing and Sales. Workshops and seminars in multiple genres are offered concurrently throughout the year.

Publishing and Editing Certificate Courses

The Publishing and Editing Certificate is comprised of the following course. Students must complete 15 units to receive the certificate. Please note that course offerings and course requirements are subject to change without notice. Please contact the program for more information.