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You Don’t Need an MFA to Be a Writer feat. Gabriela Pereira


If you’ve always dreamed of being a writer, you may have also dreamed of getting a specialized degree like an MFA. It’s easy to feel like you need to get a bunch of certifications or degrees before you can be truly successful at what you do. That’s why I’m excited to feature an interview Gabriela Pereira in today’s episode. Gabriela teaches writers strategies and techniques they would learn in an MFA program without the hefty price tag.


In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why Gabriela loved her MFA experience so much that she made it her passion to help aspiring writers and authors who can’t afford to get one
  • How Gabriela used her blog to test her idea for her book and business
  • Why Gabriela chose to work with a traditional publisher, and why she chose to work with Writer’s Digest Books (and what you might want to look for in a traditional publisher)
  • The importance of carefully reading over any contracts with a potential publisher
  • How writing a book can actually help you write better blog posts, and even better courses
  • The framework that Gabriela uses to teach writers how to write a book



Episode 24 of the Blogger to Author Podcast - You Don't Need an MFA to Be a Writer with Gabriela Pereira



Gabriela Pereira is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur who wants to challenge the status quo of higher education. As the founder and instigator of DIYMFA.com, her mission is to empower writers, artists and other creatives to take an entrepreneurial approach to their professional growth. Gabriela earned her MFA in creative writing from The New School and teaches at national conferences, regional workshops, and online. She is also the host of DIY MFA Radio, a popular podcast where she interviews bestselling authors, and author of the book DIY MFA: WRITE WITH FOCUS, READ WITH PURPOSE, BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY (Writer’s Digest Books, 2016).


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Where you can find Gabriela:

DIY MFA Website
DIYMFA Radio (Gabriela’s Podcast)



Click here to get access to Gabriela’s free Starter Kit. This kit will help you get jump started on your path toward becoming a writer and author, and it will teach you some of the tips and tricks Gabriela learned while getting her MFA, too!

Gabriela also has a free Cheat Sheet to help you turn your knowledge and genius into a book. Get access to the Cheat Sheet here.



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