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 »