Whether you want to start a career in publishing, switch careers into literary arts, or merely demystify the publishing industry, VCFA’s Certificate in Publishing program will give you the tools you need.
- One-semester, 15-credit program for writers and professionals
- Work with publishing experts, including editors, agents, freelancers, ghostwriters, publishers, and heads of literary arts organizations
- Perfect for those with an MFA, those considering an MFA, and those who want the certificate only
- Get the practical knowledge, professional skills, and networking opportunities you need to navigate a career in publishing
This certificate will help prepare you to enter the world of Big-Five publishing, independent presses, digital publishing, journal publishing, literary agencies, nonprofit literary arts organizations, and publishing law. Wherever you want to be, VCFA is the place to start.
Our Faculty List
- Ibrahim Ahmad (editorial director of Akashic Books)
- Caitlin Leffel (writer and editor at Rizzoli International Publications)
- Elissa Schappell (writer and Tin House co-founder)
- Rob Spillman (editor and Tin House co-founder)
- Janaka Stucky (editor of Black Ocean)
The program will run each year from September to December, beginning in Fall 2019. Also, students in the Certificate program are eligible for free housing on campus!
Tuition & Fees
While we use the term “credit” to explain course requirements, students have the option of two payment tiers, one that earns credit toward their MFA in Writing & Publishing (should they choose to apply for our two-year program at a later date), and one that does not. Those tiers are as follows:
Credit-Earning Tuition (Certificate in Publishing + 15 credits to be counted toward an MFA in Writing & Publishing): $15,918
No-Credit Tuition (Certificate in Publishing Only): $13,000
Discounted Alumni Pricing
Alumni who hold a graduate degree from VCFA are eligible for the following pricing tiers:
Alumni Credit-Earning Tuition: $11,250
Alumni No-Credit Tuition: $8,250
See Tuition, Scholarships & Financial Aid in the MFA in Writing & Publishing section for housing information.
Director of Student Recruitment