Get to know the DIY MFA team and columnists below. Also, if you’re interested in writing a guest article for us, check out our Guest Article Submission Guidelines. Many of our columnists and core team members started out writing guest posts for the website. General Inquiries: info [at] DIYMFA [dot] com

The Team

Gabriela Pereira, Instigator and Founder


Instigator and creative mastermind behind DIY MFA, Gabriela spearheads all content creation both online and off and is the author of DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community. She tours the country, speaking at writing conferences and college campuses, and has appeared on various radio shows. Check her speaking page for upcoming speaking engagements and to learn more about Gabriela as a speaker.

Email: gabriela [at] DIYMFA [dot] com
Phone: (646) 820-8149
Twitter: @DIYMFA

Bess Cozby, Web Editor


IMG_4628Bess Cozby writes epic stories in expansive worlds from her tiny apartment in New York City. By day, she’s an Editor at Tor Books, and Web Editor for DIY MFA. Her work is represented by Brooks Sherman of the Bent Agency. Tweet her at @besscozby, or visit her website

Email: bess [at] DIYMFA [dot] com
Twitter: @besscozby


Elisabeth Kauffman, Content and Culture Strategist


Team Photo for Elisabeth Kauffman

Elisabeth Kauffman is an author, an editor, and an artist. She is an avid bird watcher and a vegetarian. She grew up reading Mary Stewart, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and the like, and never lost her love of stories. Now she writes fantasy fiction, and runs a freelance editing business called Writing Refinery, where she edits novels for independent clients as well as publishing companies.

Email: elisabeth [at] DIYMFA [dot] com
Twitter: @WritingRefinery, @fairbetty, @WritersGrimoire


Emily Wenstrom, Social Media Manager


E. J. (Emily) Wenstrom is an award-winning fantasy and science fiction author, lover of monsters, consumer of stories. By day, she works in content marketing and public relations and helps manage the social media. At DIY MFA she helps manage the social media and also writes a column about platform.

Email: emily [at] DIYMFA [dot] com
Twitter: @ejwenstrom, @EmilyWenstrom



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  • Carmen Ortiz

    Finished reading the starter kit. Only one thing that I did NOT like. “To those about to write, I salute you. Everyone else? I suggest you stay our of our way.” Really? Sorry, but I can write fine, my issue is trying to overcome years of people close to me treating like I’m not good enough for anything. (Although I have a doctorate, among other things.) So I have to begin from the start, in other words the basics (as in learning as much as I can and reading as much as I can, from the information in your site and the book which I should be receiving on Friday. Then, when I feel good about myself, I can continue to do something I know I can do, which is write. The last thing I needed was that “stay out of our way”. I’ve been staying out of every ones way for the last 69 years, to my own detriment.