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.

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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 Alumnx Pricing

Alumnx who hold a graduate degree from VCFA are eligible for the following pricing tiers:

Alumnx Credit-Earning Tuition: $11,250

Alumnx No-Credit Tuition: $8,250

See Tuition, Scholarships & Financial Aid in the MFA in Writing & Publishing section for housing information.


Ann Cardinal
Director of Student Recruitment
[email protected]