The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a terminal degree for students who wish to pursue careers as writers in any of the creative media, and/or who want to teach writing and literature at the college level. Courses are offered in the following areas: short fiction, the novel, poetry, nonfiction, screenplays, children's writing, and literary/cultural theory. Emerson's several publications include Ploughshares and the Phone-a-Poem service.