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Awards and Honors

Writer’s Digest — 101 Best Websites for Writers

Check out the full list in the May/June issues for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. Named “Best of the Best” in 2017.

The Write Life — 100 Best Websites for Writers 20172018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Finding the Best Creative Writing Blogs on the Internet

21-time New York Times bestselling author, Jerry Jenkins, named DIY MFA one of his top 13 picks for best creative writing blogs on the internet.

Best Writing Podcasts from BookRiot

The acclaimed website, BookRiot, named DIY MFA Radio one of the ten best writing podcasts for storytellers and aspiring authors.

14 Best Writing Podcasts from Podcast Review

DIY MFA Radio was named one of the 14 best writing podcasts alongside other great shows!

TV Appearances

Entrepreneur Video Series

Gabriela Pereira is featured alongside several entrepreneurs talking about mental health and building a business. Watch the three-part series via the links below.

Video 1  |  Video 2  |  Video 3

Women Inspired

Bedford TV, MA

Gabriela Pereira appeared on the Bedford TV show Women Inspired with Linda Ugelow. In this interview, Gabriela talks about the concept behind DIY MFA and shares insights about writing and creativity. Watch the full episode here.

Interviews and Features

Forbes Interview

By Melody Wilding | Forbes online, June 2018

Gabriela was interviewed about her experiences with mental illness and entrepreneurship. In this interview, she shares the story about how bipolar disorder forced her to give up her dream job, and allowed her to create a career of a lifetime. Read the full online article here.


By Jeff Tamarkin  |  The Writer, July 2017

DIY MFA was featured in Jeff Tamarkin’s “Class Action” column in The Writer magazine. This column regularly spotlights innovative writing programs, courses, and residencies, like the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Workshop and the Highlights Foundation workshops. It’s an honor to be featured to appear in the same column that has written up such high-level programs. Read the online article here.

Writer Magazine May 2022


By Melissa Hart  |  The Writer, May 2022

DIY MFA was featured in the Insider section of The Writer magazine. This interview showcases various aspects of the DIY MFA program, from the podcast to the courses. Read the online article here.

HubSpot Feature

By Pamela Bump  |  HubSpot Blog, April 2020

DIY MFA was featured in this article from HubSpot about changes companies are making in their business strategies in light of Covid 19. Read the full article here.

Freelance Articles

Gabriela Pereira’s writing has appeared in several publications.

The Great Revision Pyramid” (Writer’s Digest, September 2015) has been reprinted in Skriva (November/December 2015), the Writer’s Digest Yearbook: Writing Basics (Spring 2016), and The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition (Writer’s Digest Books, 2016).

“The Psychology of World Building” (The Writer, Sept 2018) has been posted online at The Writer’s website. Read the online article here.

“List Factors” (Writer’s Digest, May/June 2016) has been posted online at the Writer’s Digest website. Read the online article here.

Podcast and Radio Interviews

21st Century Creative

Publishing Profits Podcast

Food Blogger Pro

The Writing Coach Podcast

Write About Now

The Indy Author Podcast

The Secret Library Podcast

Blogger to Author Podcast (Triple Feature!)

Writing Great Fiction and Memoirs

Write Your Book Like a Pro

You Don’t Need an MFA to Be a Writer

On Her Mind

Additional Appearances

Info for Press

To book an interview with Gabriela, contact her via email at gabriela [at] DIYMFA [dot] com or by phone at (646) 820-8149. For a more info on her background, check out her LinkedIn profile.

Short Bio

Gabriela Pereira is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur who wants to challenge the status quo of higher education. As the founder and instigator of, her mission is to empower writers, artists and other creatives to take an entrepreneurial approach to their education and professional growth.

Gabriela earned her MFA in writing from The New School and speaks at college campuses and national conferences. She is also the host of DIY MFA Radio, a popular podcast where she has interviewed bestselling authors and book industry professionals, and author of the book DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community.

Super-Short Bio

Gabriela Pereira is the founder of, the do-it-yourself alternative to an MFA in writing. She is also a speaker, podcast host for DIY MFA Radio, and author of the book DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community.

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