Kim McLarin is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, Taming It Down, Meeting of The Waters, and Jump At The Sun, all published by William Morrow. Jump at the Sun was chosen as a 2007 Fiction Honor Book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. It was also nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and chosen by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as a 2007 Fiction Honor Book. She is also the author of the memoir? Divorce Dog: Men, Motherhood and Midlife and the co-author of Growing Up X by Ilyasah Shabazz.
Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, the Washington Post, The Root, Slate, The Morning News, The New England Review, The Sewanee Review, and many other publications. She is a former staff writer for the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Associated Press. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer, and appears as a regular panelist on Basic Black, Boston’s historic weekly television program devoted to African-American themes produced by WGBH-TV in Boston.
Why offer a MFA program with a focus on popular fiction, and why offer it online?
Popular Fiction is called "popular" for a reason: whether the genre is young adult, fantasy/speculative, science fiction, horror, or mystery, readers love stories written with certain characteristics and patterns of appeal. With the expanding popularity of such stories in movies and television as well as books has come a corresponding rise in the number of writers who want to tell their own imaginative, well-crafted tales. Meanwhile the advent of online bookstores, the rise of fantasy and popular culture cons, and the ease of publishing stories online, whether it is fan fiction or serialized ebooks, have greatly expanded opportunities for publishing and distribution.??
All these factors produced a demand for such a program. The MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing is our response.
The online nature of the program allows apprentice writers to expand their knowledge, improve their craft and join a nationwide community of writers without disrupting their lives. Our goal was to create an MFA program that would serve as a bridge between the online forums that writers use to develop stories and the intensive experience of workshops like Clarion, Odyssey, and Viable Paradise.
To learn more about the MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing, visit Graduate Admissions, email gradadmissionemerson [dot] edu, or call 617-824-8610.