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DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community (Paperback)

DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community By Gabriela Pereira, Jacquelyn Mitchard (Foreword by) Cover Image
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Get the Knowledge Without the College!

You are a writer. You dream of sharing your words with the world, and you're willing to put in the hard work to achieve success. You may have even considered earning your MFA, but for whatever reason--tuition costs, the time commitment, or other responsibilities--you've never been able to do it. Or maybe you've been looking for a self-guided approach so you don't have to go back to school.

This book is for you.

DIY MFA is the do-it-yourself alternative to a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. By combining the three main components of a traditional MFA--writing, reading, and community--it teaches you how to craft compelling stories, engage your readers, and publish your work.

Inside you'll learn how to:

   • Set customized goals for writing and learning.
   • Generate ideas on demand.
   • Outline your book from beginning to end.
   • Breathe life into your characters.
   • Master point of view, voice, dialogue, and more.
   • Read with a "writer's eye" to emulate the techniques of others.
   • Network like a pro, get the most out of writing workshops, and submit your work successfully.
Writing belongs to everyone--not only those who earn a degree. With DIY MFA, you can take charge of your writing, produce high-quality work, get published, and build a writing career.

About the Author

Gabriela Pereira is a writer, teacher, and self-proclaimed word nerd who wants to challenge the status quo of higher education. As the founder and instigator of, her mission is to empower writers to take an entrepreneurial approach to their education and professional growth. Gabriela earned her MFA in creative writing from The New School and teaches at national conferences, at local workshops, and online. She is also the host of DIY MFA Radio, a popular podcast where she interviews best-selling authors and offers short audio master classes. To join the word nerd community, go to
Product Details
ISBN: 9781599639345
ISBN-10: 1599639343
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
Publication Date: July 8th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English