Careers in Nonfiction

Our program is designed to connect you to the industry as well as provide your with the skills to launch or enhance your career. 


Students also have the option of completing an internship of at least 45 contact hours at a literary journal, a national or regional magazine, a daily or weekly newspaper, a recognized publishing house or a web-based publisher, or with a published writer, agent, or editor. These internships are intended to broaden the students' experience and understanding of the professional aspects of writing and publishing. Past students have read manuscripts at the David Black and Carol Mann agencies in New York and at Tin House in Portland, OR; conducted research for published authors; taught writing workshops; and worked at such publications as Harper's, McSweeney's, Sierra magazine, Nonfiction, and Antioch Review.


Goucher's M.F.A. in Nonfiction strives to provide career direction by offering editor-agent panels at the summer residencies and annual trips to New York for second-year students to meet with some of the top editors and agents in the publishing world.  The trips include visits to such places as The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Harper's, Paris Review, Anchor/Vintage, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the David Black and ICM literary agencies. 


Students in their final semester will submit an M.F.A. manuscript of publishable-quality original work of at least 150 pages, from which they must give a public reading. These manuscripts will be developed with the help and advice of faculty mentors.  Many have become the basis for books, including The New York Times Bestseller The Murder Room, Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home, and Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston.

 The Sins Of Brother Curtis      Knock at the Door     The Murder Room Book Cover