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DIY MFA Radio Episode 140: Writing Multiple POV Suspense — Interview with Jessica Strawser

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In this week’s DIY MFA Radio episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews Jessica Strawser, editorial director of Writer’s Digest magazine, and author of the stunning debut novel, Almost Missed You. They talk about writing multiple point-of-view suspense and how to craft that crucial first chapter for maximum impact on your readers. They also discuss the juggling act involved with being moms who write and also have busy “day jobs.” (It is possible to balance it all!)


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Writing + Reading + Community = MFA

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