Gabriela Pereira is an author, speaker, and self-proclaimed word nerd who challenges the status quo of higher education.
Specializing in a self-guided approach to learning, she is the instigator and founder of DIY MFA, the do-it-yourself alternative to a Masters degree in writing. She has made it her mission to educate writers at various stages of their careers and empower them to take an entrepreneurial path to learning and professional growth.
Based on a holistic teaching method, Gabriela’s courses and talks challenge writers to rethink the mindsets that hold them back, and unleash their creative brilliance. Her high-energy teaching style and quirky humor offset her content-rich, nuts and bolts presentations. A writing version of Mary Poppins, she uses fun, playful lectures to engage and captivate her audience, all the while discussing complex concepts or technical elements of the writing craft.
Whether she’s teaching poetry to first graders, leading a fiction workshop for retirees, or giving a presentation to a lecture hall of professional writers, her goal is always the same: empower writers to tell their stories, motivate them to strive for excellence on the page, and challenge them to go beyond their artistic comfort zones.
To book Gabriela for your next writing event, use the contact info below or download her one sheet.
Email: gabriela [at] DIYMFA [dot] com
Phone: (646) 820-8149
This is a list of conferences, presentations, or panels Gabriela has coming up. If you will be at any of these events, let her know by tweeting to @DIYMFA. She loves meeting fellow word nerds in person.
- The New School, MFA Alumni Event (New York, NY) —February 4, 2017
- Association of Writers & Writing Programs (Washington DC) — February 8-11, 2017
- SCBWI NY Metro (New York, NY)— March 14, 2017
- Spotlight MasterTreat (Las Vegas, NV) — April 28-30, 2017
- HippoCamp 2017 (Lancaster, PA) — September 8-10, 2017
Here’s a list of Gabriela’s most recent talks and signings.
- HDCWC’s Howl at the Moon Conference (Apple Valley, CA) — October 29, 2016
- Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference (Los Angeles, CA) — October 28, 2016
- Brandywine Valley Writers Group (West Chester, PA) — September 20, 2016
- Main Line Writers Group (King of Prussia, PA) — September 21, 2016
- Writer’s Digest Conference (New York, NY) — August 11-14, 2016
- DIY MFA Book Launch Party! (New York, NY) — August 12 at 6:30pm
- Romance Writers of America Annual Conference (San Diego, CA) — July 13-16, 2016
- Workshop and Book Signing at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore (San Diego, CA) — July 18, 2016 at 7pm
- Backspace Writers Conference
- SCBWI NJ Conference
- The Write Stuff
- Writer Igniter Con
From Event Organizers
Gabriela presented in a friendly, professional way, but with her own sparkling personality. This is one teacher who really knows what she’s doing, and projects just that. Several people told me it was the best conference we ever had.
Bob Isbill, Conference Director for the “Howl at the Moon” Writers’ Conference
Gabriela is an exceptional presenter. Her ability to connect with an audience of writers, and offer content that gives them focus, direction and encouragement is remarkable.
Gary Zenker, Founder & Facilitator, Wilmington and Main Line Writers Groups
I recently attended two sessions taught by Gabriela, and took away valuable tips from each. I strongly recommend Gabriela as a speaker for your upcoming conference.
Brenda Havens, 2014 Chair, The Write Stuff Conference
Gabriela presentation, at the Backspace Writers Conference was a big hit! Many attendees told us that the information she presented was exactly what they needed to hear at exactly the right time. Gabriela is a pleasure to work with, and her desire to help writers reach their publishing goals really shows.
Karen Dionne, Administrator, Backspace LLC
From Conference Attendees
I loved Gabriela’s wonderful class on outlining. She’s an awesome teacher who not only knows the content perfectly, but also knows how to teach it. Of the fifteen sessions I attended at RWA this year, hers was one of my top three.
Silvi Martin, Contemporary Romance Author
Gabriela’s presentation and worksheets have changed how I look at story structure and my writing process. I took a recent synopsis I was having trouble with and jotted everything down on the worksheet. Immediately my problem became apparent and I was able to clean it up quickly and send it to my agent.
Celia Kyle, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Attending Gabriela Pereira’s information-packed session provided me with such great advice that I have referred to the notes almost daily since I started writing my second book. In addition, the resources, at DIY MFA not only help me to grow as a writer, but are served up in a way that makes me feel like I’m getting advice from an old friend.
Niko Godfrey Bommer, Freelancer in Film and TV
I heard Gabriela speak at The Write Stuff Conference and her presentation on outlines was one of the most rewarding sessions there. Thanks for putting together such informative resources.
Wayne Meyers, Systems Engineer