DIY MFA Radio Episode 141: From Short Stories to Novels — Interview with Susan Perabo

diymfa episode 141

In this week’s podcast episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Susan Perabo about short stories vs. novels, and what writers can learn from both forms. In their conversation, they draw examples from Susan’s new novel, The Fall of Lisa Bellow.


Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts) boils down to one simple formula:

Writing + Reading + Community = MFA

This means that to create a do-it-yourself version of the MFA, all you need to do is: write with focus, read with purpose, and build your community. Read on to learn more or use the menu above to explore each category. We’ve also highlighted some key DIY MFA articles below to help you get started.