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 »

Favorite Beginnings

On January 28th, my son was born and all last week, life has been a celebration firsts.  First day home from the hospital.  First feeding.  First diaper changed.  In honor of all these firsts, I thought I would make “Beginnings” this week’s theme for DIY MFA.  Later this week, I’ll discuss the ins and outs… Read more »

Copyright Resource List

As our “Legally Speaking” series winds down, I thought I would share some links and resources where you can find more information about copyright and legal issues for writers.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it can certainly help you get started. Law School Clinical Programs In addition to the resources and… Read more »

Why Writers Should Read Short Form Literature

First of all, let me start by clarifying what I consider short form literature. For me, short form literature is basically anything that can be read in one gulp, one sitting. In other words short form literature is: poems, essays, short stories, and picture books. I include picture books on the list because in my… Read more »