Gabriela Pereira

Instigator and Creative Director

Gabriela Pereira earned her MFA from The New School, in New York. While undercover as a graduate student, she learned the inside scoop on MFA programs, invented a slew of writing tools all her own, and developed a new, more effective way for writers to learn their craft. Now she wants to share this discovery and help writers around the world get the “knowledge without the college.”

In a past life, Gabriela worked in the toy industry, creating educational activities and games for toddlers, pre-schoolers, and tweens. After that, she taught several writing courses in New York City at organizations like: 826NYC, Everybody Wins, EHTP, and a local writing workshop she built from the ground up. While Gabriela now teaches exclusively at DIY MFA, she continues to speak and lead workshops at national and international writing conferences, both online and off.

Her favorite thing to do is come up with new dastardly plans and innovative resources for DIY MFA. When she’s not working on DIY MFA, Gabriela loves to write middle grade and teen fiction, with short stories for “grown-ups” thrown in for good measure. Gabriela is represented by Jeff Kleinman at Folio Literary Management and her book about DIY MFA is scheduled for release in Spring 2016 from Writer’s Digest Books.

Gabriela lives in NYC with Lawyer-Hubby, Little Man, Lady Bug, and Office Cat.

For more information check out her LinkedIn profile.

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

To book Gabriela for your upcoming conference or workshop, visit her speaking page.


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Short Bio

Gabriela Pereira is a writer, teacher, and self-proclaimed word nerd who wants to challenge the status quo of higher education. As the founder and instigator of DIYMFA.com, her mission is to empower writers to take an entrepreneurial approach to their education and professional growth. Gabriela earned her MFA in creative writing from The New School and teaches at national conferences, local workshops, and online. She is also the host of DIY MFA Radio, a popular podcast where she interviews bestselling authors and offers short audio master classes. Her book DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community will be out in July from Writer’s Digest Books. To join the word nerd community, go to: DIYMFA.com/join.

Super-Short Bio

Gabriela Pereira is the founder of DIYMFA.com, the do-it-yourself alternative to a Masters degree in writing. She is also a speaker, podcast host for DIY MFA Radio, and author of the forthcoming book DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community (Writer’s Digest Books, July 2016).

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