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 the founder of the popular DIYMFA.com. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, with a concentration in Writing For Children. Before starting DIY MFA, she worked as a writing teacher and freelance editor for over ten years. Her students range in age from kindergarteners to retirees, and she has worked with organizations such as 826NYC, Everybody Wins, and the East Harlem Tutorial Program. In 2013-2014, Gabriela has spoken at several national writing conferences as well as online conferences with a total audience of over 700 writers in the past year. Public speaking appearances include the Backspace Writer's Conference (May, 2013); SCBWI New Jersey (June, 2013); ThrillerFest/CraftFest (July, 2013); Writer's Digest Conference (August, 2014); and WANACon (October, 2013 & February 2014).
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