Talk Title:
DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build

Your Community

Soft Skills
Gabriela Pereira
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Presentation Overview

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

We live in a content-rich environment where everyone is becoming a writer and publisher of content.   

You’ve got a lifetime of content to produce so you might as well learn how to share your stories and your message.  Gabriela will share with proven techniques to craft compelling stories, engage your readers, and publish your work.

You will learn how to:

  • Set customized goals for writing and learning.
  • Generate ideas on demand.
  • Apply creative, MFA-style thinking to your day-to-day life.

    Presenter: Gabriela Pereira

    Gabriela Pereira is the Instigator of, the do-it-yourself alternative to a Masters degree in writing. While undercover as an MFA student, she invented a slew of writing tools of her own and developed a new, more effective way for writers to learn their craft. She dubbed it DIY MFA and now her mission is to share it with the world. Teaching at conferences and online, Gabriela has helped hundreds of writers get the MFA experience without going to school. She also hosts DIY MFA Radio, where she recreates the MFA speaker series in podcast form.

    Before becoming a writer, Gabriela has done lots of wild and nerdy things like: playing violin at Carnegie Hall, singing madrigals in full Renaissance garb, designing toys for kids ages toddler to tween, and taking applied topology and number theory “just for kicks.” Despite her varied interests, Gabriela’s main passions have always been teaching and design. Now at DIY MFA she can bring these two elements together. Her favorite thing to do is come up with new dastardly plans and innovative resources for writers.

    When she’s not teaching or developing new courses, Gabriela loves to write middle grade and teen fiction, with short stories for “grown-ups” thrown in for good measure. A New Yorker born and raised, she lives in NYC with Lawyer-Hubby, Little Man, Lady Bug, and Office Cat.

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