Write that book once and for all!

You have a story and you need to share it with the world.

This story is unique and no one can write it but you. Your story matters and has the power to make an impact on people’s lives.

Writing and publishing this story is not an insurmountable obstacle. All you need is some structure and a step-by-step process to help you get those words on the page and your book out into the world.

DIY MFA 101 is an online course designed to give you the benefits of a graduate program, without going to school.




Many people say they want to write a book. Very few actually do it.

You don’t need a degree in order to write your book and get it published. You don’t need an idea that’s going to be the next “Harry Potter.” And you definitely don’t need to put your life on hold, run away to a log cabin and immerse yourself in crafting the next great American novel.

What you need is to stop dreaming and start writing.

DIY MFA 101 gives you the structure and insider knowledge you’d get with a traditional MFA, but without the time commitment or the hefty price tag. This is a graduate-style education you can fit around your life.

Here at DIY MFA, we get that everybody’s different. That’s why this isn’t a one-size-fits-all program. Instead, we give you the tools to create a personalized writing practice, and because it’s specific to your needs, the results will be sustainable long after the course has finished. DIY MFA 101 helps you become the best writer you can be so you can publish that book you’ve always dreamed of writing.


Hi, I’m Gabriela Pereira — instigator of DIY MFA.IMG_9863-wLogo

I help writers get their words on the page and their stories out into the world.

When I got my MFA, I remember sitting in graduation thinking “this was great, but I could have learned most of it on my own.”

I also thought about all those writers who were serious about their craft but couldn’t get an MFA. Who was helping them? That’s when I decided to create a do-it-yourself MFA-style program: one that could help busy writers get the knowledge they needed, but in a way that fit their schedule. I went home, brainstormed a curriculum, and in a few short hours DIY MFA was born.

The DIY MFA model incorporates all the best elements of a traditional MFA–things I learned from the inside– including the study of craft and literature, with a strong focus on peer critique. It also fills gaps that many MFA programs have by including resources and information about publishing and the business of writing.

DIY MFA 101 will help you get that graduate-level experience without going to school. Rather than putting your life on hold for two or three years and accruing a huge amount of student debt, you can learn to recreate the MFA experience for yourself, and seamlessly incorporate it into your life.

In this class, we can connect you with a critique group, but we also offer so much more. In addition to helping you find likeminded writers, we also teach you concrete techniques that you can master quickly.


I firmly believe in empowering writers so that they can learn and grow on their own. My goal is to give you the tools so that you can take your writing education into your own hands and become the best writer you can be.

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Course Materials

MobileCompThis 9-week program includes seven workshops, full-to-the-brim with material to help you write more, write better, write smarter. You’ll also get weekly group discussion calls with Gabriela so you can connect with other writers in the class and get your questions answered. Plus, we’ve baked in two review weeks so you can catch up on any material you missed and put everything you learned into action.

Here’s what you’ll get in the 9 weeks:

  • 7 modules of material, each based on one of the
    7 essential components of a writer’s education.
  • Comprehensive video lessons, with audio recordings and transcripts so you can digest the material in the way that’s best for you.
  • Worksheets with each lesson, so you can absorb and understand what you learned.
  • Membership to a private course website so you can access all the material anytime, anywhere.
  • Weekly group discussion calls (Wednesdays at 8pm ET) so you can ask questions and connect with other writers in the course.
  • A private Facebook group, so you can continue the discussion outside of class time.

For a more detailed sneak peek at the course, check out this post.

Enroll in the course now and receive continuing access to all the course materials.

Iteration is a huge part of our development process. That’s why each time we run the class, the materials will evolve and we’ll incorporate new features based on feedback from previous runs to keep things as up-to-the-minute as possible.

But we don’t want to penalize you, an intrepid writer taking an earlier version of the class. Instead, we want to reward you so we’re offering an incredible bonus. If you join now, you will receive continuing access to all materials for as long as this course is offered. This means that, not only will you be able to take the course again free of charge, but you’ll have full access to any subsequent updates.


 Join DIY MFA 101 today, and you’ll get…

The full DIY MFA 101 online course.

In addition to comprehensive video lessons, audio recordings, transcripts and worksheets, you will also get continuing access to the materials plus any updates for the lifetime of the course.  (Value $397)

9 weeks of group discussion calls.

Gabriela takes on only a select number of mentoring clients each year so this is an opportunity to ask her questions about writing craft, literature, publishing, or anything else relating to the work and business of writing. (Value $397)

Access to the private membership site and Facebook group.

Not only will you be able to interact with other writers in your current class of DIY MFA 101, but you’ll also be able to connect with network of alumni who have taken the class in the past. (Value $97)

Bonus: Interview Library.

Upon completing the course, you’ll get access to the DIY MFA online library of interviews with writing and publishing experts. (Value $397)

This is a total value of over $1200,
and you’ll get all this for a one-time $397 investment.


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Refunds and Guarantee

We want you to feel confident in your purchase. This is why we offer a 100% money-back guarantee for the first two weeks of the course. This means you can try out the first two full weeks of material and if you’re not completely satisfied we’ll refund your money. Just email the support team at DIYMFA101[at]DIYMFA[dot]com. It’s that simple.





Got questions? We’ve got answers.

This course is called DIY MFA 101. Does that mean it’s really basic and only for beginners?

This course is for writers of all levels. Don’t be fooled by the “101” in the title. It simply indicates that this is a foundation course, one that gives you the fundamental tools for creating your own personalized do-it-yourself writing program. Whether you’re beginning your journey, or you’ve been writing for some time, the concepts in DIY MFA 101 will help you write with focus, read with purpose and build your community.

What if I don’t write fiction? Will I still benefit from this class?

With the exception of the modules dealing with craft, everything else in the course applies to any type of writing. From productivity, to creativity, to reading like a writer and building your platform, this class will give you a comprehensive overview of all the things that writers need to know. The two craft modules are best suited for people writing narrative work–i.e. fiction or creative non-fiction. While poets and writers of prescriptive nonfiction (“how-to” books) can still learn a lot from these two modules, it will require a little more creativity in applying the techniques.

This site is called “DIY MFA.” Can’t I just do this all myself?

DIY MFA is about empowering writers to create their own writing plans and expand their knowledge of the craft. With enough time and energy, you could probably put together materials similar to those in this class.

The more important question, though, is wouldn’t that time be better spent writing? My team and I have developed the tools and techniques in DIY MFA 101 so you don’t have to waste time spinning your wheels and figuring it all out on your own. Instead, we give you proven methods that you can implement right away, so that you can spend the rest of your time and energy on more important things… like writing.

Will I be able to get through all the material?

Many online courses and programs throw in everything plus the kitchen sink. This might seem like a great value, but it leads to a vicious cycle where people start programs but never follow-through. It’s no wonder that over half of information products purchased never get consumed!

With DIY MFA 101, we’re taking a different approach. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll get in-depth, information-packed lessons, but you’ll find the course materials focused and to the point. My team and I have curated the materials, polished the lessons and hand-picked the most important information, putting it together in manageable workshops that you can start and finish.

Also, keep in mind that once you join the course, you have continued access to all materials including updates. This means that if you need to take things at a slower pace you won’t miss out on any material. We’ve also built in two review weeks so you can implement the techniques and make up any material you may have missed.

Remember: traditional MFA programs last 2-3 years. We’ve condensed that curriculum and made it laser-focused so you can cover it all in just over two months. After all, our goal is to help you learn this material fast, so that that you master the techniques and then get back to writing.

How much time will I need to fully participate? What if I’m really busy?

DIY MFA-ers are busy. They balance writing with full, hectic lives. We totally get that. My team and I have carefully crafted this course so that it’s comprehensive, but flexible and portable enough so it can fit into your busy lifestyle. Listen to lessons on-the-go. Access the online materials anytime day or night. This course is designed with the busy writer in mind while still giving you maximum value.

As with any course, the more time and effort you put into it, the more results you will get. We’ve tested out the materials and estimate that most people need about 3-4 hours to watch the video lessons and complete the worksheets in each module.

We’ve also provided the lessons in multiple formats (video, audio, transcripts and presentation slides). This way you can listen to an audio lesson on your morning commute, jot down notes on the presentation slides, or catch a video from your mobile device. Our goal is to make the course flexible, portable and user-friendly so you can learn the material in the way that’s best for you and can fit that learning into your busy life.

If you’re wondering about something not covered here, email us at DIYMFA101[at]DIYMFA[dot]com.


Only you can write that story you’ve been dreaming of,
and that story has the power to change someone’s life.

Stop saying you’ll write that book someday. Start writing it today.

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