Back to School: 7 Basics of a Writing Education

When I was a kid, I LOVED back-to-school time. I loved getting books and school supplies. Each year, I had a ritual the night before school started. I’d choose my first-day outfit and stock my book bag with decorations for my locker. Then I’d go to bed and dream about the infinite possibilities that the new… Continue Reading »


Episode 004: Why Setting Limits is a Good Thing

People think creativity exists only when options are endless. The truth is that infinite possibilities can be paralyzing. There’s research to support this: that when people have too many options, they’re much less likely to take decisive action. But setting limits for your writing can be a good thing. It’s only in limiting your choices… Continue Reading »


Episode 003: Pump Up Your Writing With Prompts

Thanks so much for listening to DIY MFA Radio! This weekly show offers tips and techniques that you can apply to your writing practice right now. In today’s episode, I’ll show you a simple three-step process to help you pump up your writing with prompts. When I first started writing in earnest, I didn’t know what to… Continue Reading »


Episode 002: Build Your Writing Practice

Inspiration is for sissies. If you have to wait for inspiration to write, you’re in trouble. This is because you’re at the mercy of your muse, who may or may not choose to take the occasional day (or month) off. To combat this problem, you need to build your writing practice and learn to write even… Continue Reading »


Episode 001: Write More, Write Better, Write Smarter

Welcome to the first episode of DIY MFA Radio, our new podcast! I’m so happy to share this creative adventure with you. This weekly show will offer tips and techniques that you can apply to your writing practice right now. My goal is to help you get those words on the page and finish that book… Continue Reading »


Introducing our Podcast: DIY MFA Radio

DIY MFA is launching a podcast! OMG, right? Here at DIY MFA we are so excited to share this with you because it’s been secretly in the works for the last six months at least. Honestly, I don’t know if I could have kept the secret much longer. We’re scheduled to launch our first episode next Wednesday so… Continue Reading »


#CTC29: Writing Challenge FAQ’s

Conquer the Craft in 29 Days (#CTC29) is off to a fantastic start! Already we have over 500 writers participating in this DIY MFA writing challenge, and Twitter is a-buzz with people sharing updates and progress. I’ve had a few people email me with questions and I’ve noticed a few that have come up again… Continue Reading »

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