Poets on Poetry

It can be a challenge to wrap our minds around poetry. It’s not as straight-forward as non-fiction or fiction so many people choose to bury our heads in the sand, hoping that if we can’t see poetry then poetry can’t see us. Why not learn directly from those who have tamed the beast? That’s where… Read more »

My Not-So-Epic Journey into Poetry

Some time ago, I came to a realization that made me go from having a visceral hatred of poetry to suddenly rediscovering its beauty.  The realization was this: It’s not that I dislike all poetry, I just dislike bad poetry. Let me backtrack a little bit.  It’s 1993 and I’m in ninth grade biology class… Read more »

Prompt: Practice Reading Aloud

Most of the time, reading is a private activity, something we do alone or as a way to isolate ourselves.  When we read, we enter that magic bubble that takes us to far off places and shows us things we never knew possible.  Like the woman in the picture, when we read we are often… Read more »

Reading in Public: 3 Steps to Captivate Your Audience

Whether it’s in an auditorium in front of hundreds of people or in your living room with a couple of close friends, reading your work in public can be nerve-wracking.  In fact, even writers who have been speaking in public for years still get nervous when they have to read their own work aloud.  I… Read more »

Prompt: Make a Reading Plan

This week we’ve talked about reading with purpose and the three steps crucial to making it happen.  Now this weekend, I challenge you to put it all into action. Prompt: Make a Reading Plan First, you need to make yourself a reading list.  Use the Reading List Worksheet to put your list together.  You can… Read more »

Life is Short. Read with Purpose.

Here at DIY MFA, we talk a lot about writing, but reading is also an important part of the program.  Most traditional MFA programs have a literature component built into the curriculum.  So too does DIY MFA.  The only difference between the way MFA programs approach literature study and the way we do it at… Read more »

Prompt: 3 Ways to Feed Your Love of Literature

As with any relationship, the more time you put into it, the more you will get out of it.  So it is with a writer’s love of words and literature.  Here are three ways you can feed that love and strengthen your relationship with your writing.  This weekend, choose one of these three options and… Read more »

Why Writers Must Be Readers First

This is a DIY MFA Manifesto for Why Writers Must Be Readers First One year ago, I heard Richard Nash (Publisher of Red Lemonade) give a fascinating talk about how writers have to be readers.  His argument was that reading and writing are the opposite sides of the same interaction.  I remember thinking: OMG did… Read more »