This week, Gabriela Pereira interviews author K.M. Weiland about creating strong character arcs. They discuss the three types of character arcs, how to recognize each one, and craft it for maximum effect, plus how to fix a story that has no arc. They also talk about why theme is an essential element in a story, and how to use it well. For more info, go to DIYMFA.com/146. ABOUT DIY MFA 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 = MFAThis means that to create a do-it-yourself version of the MFA, all you need to do is: write with focus, read with purpose,…
In this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews the award-winning Irish author, Sebastian Barry, about his latest book. Days Without End is a powerful literary portrait of a time when Americans were pitted against Americans in bloody struggles fought to define the borders and identity of the nation. Barry writes of this period as it was experienced by common soldiers: men who did not determine or even necessarily understand the wars they fought, but who fought anyway, merely to survive them. Not just a war novel, Days Without End is also a poignant love story, about two men and the unlikely family they form with a young Sioux girl, Winona. For more detailed show notes, visit: DIYMFA.com/133.
This week Gabriela Pereira interviews Shanthi Sekaran about her new novel: Lucky Boy. This moving story is about two unforgettable women in California: an undocumented Mexican woman and an Indian-American wife, both of whom love the same child but can’t have him. The novel beautifully weaves together the themes of motherhood, immigration, infertility, adoption and minority life in America. It is a must-read in our current political environment. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/132.
This week, Gabriela Pereira interviews author, speaker, and thought leader Alexia Vernon. In this episode, Alexia shares insights about writers who can use speaking to make a positive impact on the world. At the end of the episode, Gabriela also unveils an exciting contest, with an opportunity for two lucky writers to be her guest at Alexia Vernon’s Spotlight MasterTreat, a retreat-meets-mastermind program for women thought leaders. For more detailed show notes go to DIYMFA.com/128, and if you want to attend an exclusive webinar with Gabriela and Alexia next week, hop over to DIYMFA.com/YST-Webinar and sign up.
In this solo show, Gabriela Pereira talks about why platform doesn’t need to be painful and how authors can get past some of their own limiting beliefs about platform. She also reflects on some of the recent articles shared on the website and how the themes of service, responsibility, and love, have inspired her own author platform. Finally, Gabriela reveals a new course going live at DIY MFA next week, and shares info for a FREE webinar she’s offering on Monday, December 12. For more info and show notes, go to: DIYMFA.com/124.