DIY MFA Podcast: Interview With Joseph Finder

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The Switch Joseph FinderIn this episode Gabriela Pereira interviews author Joseph Finder about his latest thriller, The Switch. Joseph’s novel is a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about how one misstep in an airport can land an ordinary man right in the cross hairs of government secrets and ruthless political ambition. In this interview, Joseph gives us a window into how he crafts a suspense novel with a mistaken identity archetype and how to create an antagonist who readers can’t help but like. He talks about how to create an unlikeable character that is relatable to readers, keep a story gripping, and create a sense of reality in a suspense novel. For more detailed show notes go to:

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.

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Gabriela Pereira earned her MFA from The New School, in New York. While undercover as a graduate student, she learned the inside scoop on MFA programs, invented a slew of writing tools all her own, and developed a new, more effective way for writers to learn their craft. Now she wants to share this discovery and help writers around the world get the “knowledge without the college.” She is represented by Jeff Kleinman at Folio Literary Management and her book about DIY MFA was published in spring 2016 from Writer’s Digest Books.

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