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Master of creative writing editing and publishing

Professional Writing, Editing, and Publishing

Take your love for writing and storytelling and put it to work with a degree in Professional Writing, Editing, and Publishing at Northern Vermont University.

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Prepare for a career in professional writing, editing, publishing, and communications.

Northern Vermont University’s new degree in professional writing, editing, and publishing provides you with the skills you need for a successful career as a writer — whether you wish to become a journalist, communications specialist, author, or editor. This major includes courses from several disciplines, providing additional skills to advance in the professional world. While taking traditional courses in creative writing, practical grammar, and news publishing, you will also learn to use Adobe software programs like InDesign and Photoshop and develop web design skills.

Learning Objectives

Upon graduation, professional writing, editing, and publishing majors will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in editorial tasks such as copy-editing, line editing, proofreading, and submission management.
  • Apply HTML and CSS coding, social media marketing, and other digital skills to writing and communication projects.
  • Confidently layout and design news publications, magazines, and books in Adobe programs.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in editing fiction, poetry, and non-fiction for clarity, style, and publication.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in journalism, its ethics, history, and best practices in both print and web.
  • Develop stylistic versatility, being able to adapt voice to a variety of professional audiences and platforms.
  • Fully understand the production of fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction for publication.


Be prepared for the ever-changing editing/publishing and communications job market. At NVU, you will learn a diverse range of skills through different courses and hands-on experiences which will make you a desirable candidate for any job after graduation.

Hands-On Learning

The NVU-Johnson campus is home to four in-house publications Basement Medicine, Pamplemouse, and Green Mountains Review. Each publication acts as real-world incubators where you and your peers will combine all of your skills to produce real content for public consumption. Leadership opportunities at each publication are available for students who thrive in editing, photography, and graphic design.

Mac-Based Media Arts Research Lab

The Mac-Based Media Arts Research Lab (MARS Lab) is home to seventeen Mac computers with the full Adobe suite installed. To build on your visual art and digital storytelling skills, you will have access to the MARS Lab through different courses. You’ll learn to capture and manipulate audio, video, and photos to publish alongside your writing.

The Book Project

You will combine all of your skills — writing, editing, and design — during your capstone project to publish your own book. You will start the project working on a manuscript and fine tune your work in the art of editing class. During your final semester at NVU, you will work to finalize editing, proofreading, promotion strategy, design, and formatting. Upon graduation, will have an entire book of your own creation and skills to enter the workforce beyond NVU.


Tom Benton ’14

As editor-in-chief of NVU-Johnson’s student newspaper, Basement Medicine, Tom Benton ’14 assigned stories, guided the staff, and laid out each issue of the biweekly publication. That prepared him well for his journalism career, and he started out as a reporter for the St. Albans Messenger.

Rebecca Flieder ’21

Every other Sunday morning, Rebecca Flieder ’21 lays out the biweekly, student-run newspaper, Basement Medicine, with other staff members. By that point, most of the heavy lifting has been done for each issue.

Marilyn Tagliavia ’16

Marilyn gained hands-on experience from working as an editor on Pamplemousse, serving as managing editor of Basement Medicine, and working in the university communications office as a content and graphics intern. After graduation, she landed a job at a public relations firm in Vermont.


Johnson’s Writing and Literature Department offers expert faculty who are published authors and leaders in their field.

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing

The MFA Program only accepts applicants for the Fall semester; the deadline for applying to the Fall semester is March 15th.

*Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts for review by the admissions committee. However, under university policy, admission decisions are contingent upon receipt of official transcripts.

The MFA Program welcomes qualified international applicants; however, an individual who does not hold American citizenship must be accepted in regular admission status, without qualifications.

A holistic review of each applicant’s file will be completed, and admission will be granted on a competitive basis.

Note: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

To earn the MFA in English, students must complete a minimum of forty-eight hours of graduate credit with a focus in either Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Poetry, as indicated below.

Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing (D01LF)

The Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing is designed to provide students with a vocational qualification where students take Creative Writing and Publishing and Editing subjects as part of their professional development. The degree demonstrates the links and shared skills between writer, editor and publisher as well as between fiction and non-fiction writing. On completion of the two-year Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing program, students with a 75% average pass, that have completed CWRI90015 Creative Writing Thesis Part 1 and CWRI90016 Creative Writing Thesis Part 2, and completed ARTS90032 Research Principles and Practices Graduate, will be eligible to apply for entry to a PhD.