438 episodes

Take your writing from average to awesome, and learn tools of the trade from bestselling authors, master writing teachers, and publishing industry insiders. This podcast will give you tools and techniques to help you get those words on the page and your stories out into the world. Past guests include: Delia Ephron, John Sandford, Steve Berry, Jojo Moyes, Tana French, Guy Kawasaki, and more.

DIY MFA Radio Gabriela Pereira

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 91 Ratings

Take your writing from average to awesome, and learn tools of the trade from bestselling authors, master writing teachers, and publishing industry insiders. This podcast will give you tools and techniques to help you get those words on the page and your stories out into the world. Past guests include: Delia Ephron, John Sandford, Steve Berry, Jojo Moyes, Tana French, Guy Kawasaki, and more.

    438: The Stories We Tell and the Secrets We Keep in Family Sagas - Interview

    438: The Stories We Tell and the Secrets We Keep in Family Sagas - Interview

    Today, Lori is interviewing Fran Hawthorne. They’ll be talking about her new book I Meant To Tell You and Broad Topic.
    Fran Hawthorne has been writing novels since she was four years old, although she was sidetracked for several decades by journalism. During that award-winning career, she wrote eight nonfiction books, mainly about consumer activism, the drug industry, and the financial world. 
    Ethical Chic (Beacon Press) was named one of the best business books of 2012 by Library Journal, and Pension Dumping (Bloomberg Press) was a Foreword magazine 2008 Book of the Year. She's also been an editor or regular contributor for The New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, and many other publications. 
    But Fran never abandoned her true love: With the publication of her debut novel, The Heirs, in 2018 and now I Meant To Tell You, Fran is firmly committed to fiction. She’s at work on her next novel and also writes book reviews for the New York Journal of Books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
    You can find her on her website or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.
     
    In this episode Fran Hawthorne and Lori discuss: How to use minor details to show your readers exactly who your characters are Why to shift perspective and how to decide when that shift should happen When to provide release and when to build tension in a story  
    Plus, her #1 tip for writers. For more info and show notes: diymfa.com/404

    • 47 min
    437: The Freedom of a Pen Name and the Power of Voice in Memoir - Interview

    437: The Freedom of a Pen Name and the Power of Voice in Memoir - Interview

    Today, Lori is interviewing Carolyn Hays. They’ll be talking about the freedom that can be found in a pen name and her new book A Girlhood: Letter to my Transgender Daughter.
    Carolyn Hays is an award-winning, critically acclaimed, bestselling author who has chosen to publish A Girlhood: Letter to My Transgender Daughter under a pen name to protect the privacy of her family. 
    Her novels have been published by Hachette, Simon and Schuster, and HarperCollins; her books are also widely translated. A Girlhood will have four overseas editions, including those by Picador UK and Flammarion in France. 
    Her past books have been listed as New York Times Notable Books of the Year and Kirkus’s Best Fiction of the Year, and she’s written for National Public Radio and the Washington Post.
    You can find her on her website or follow her publishers on Twitter at @PressShopPR and @BlairPublisher.
     
    In this episode Carolyn Hays and Lori discuss: Why writing in second person is perfect when writing about gender. How to recognize a scene while you’re living through it. When to write out a scene in your memoir and when to summarize it. Plus, her #1 tip for writers. For more info and show notes: diymfa.com/437

    • 39 min
    436: Secrets, Quirks, and Hidden Motivations in Thrillers - Interview

    436: Secrets, Quirks, and Hidden Motivations in Thrillers - Interview

    Today, Lori is interviewing Amanda Jayatissa. They’ll be talking about secrets and hidden motivation in her new thriller You’re Invited.
    Amanda Jayatissa grew up in Sri Lanka, completed her undergrad at Mills College, CA, and lived in the UK before moving back to her sunny little island. She works as a corporate trainer, owns a chain of cookie stores, and is a proud dog-mum to her two spoiled huskies.

    You can find her on her website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
     
    In this episode Amanda Jayatissa and Lori discuss: How to develop your character’s inner life and voice through journaling What to do when the ending you planned for your book changes How to manage misdirection while still keeping your story fair for your reader  
    Plus, her #1 tip for writers. For more info and show notes: diymfa.com/436

    • 39 min
    435: Family, Soviet History, and the Power of Art in Historical Fiction - Interview

    435: Family, Soviet History, and the Power of Art in Historical Fiction - Interview

    Today, Lori is interviewing Suzanne Parry. They’ll be talking about the power of art and her book Lost Souls of Leningrad.
    A former European security specialist, Suzanne writes historical fiction about the Soviet Union. She studied Russian in Moscow and earned a Master's from Princeton University before joining the US Department of Defense. While at the Pentagon, she helped negotiate the first security agreement of the Gorbachev era. She raised a large family, taught university, and coached high school cross-country and track for fifteen years before embarking on a writing career. A veteran of several dozen marathons on six continents, Suzanne now runs slowly and not very far. 

    You can find her on her website or follow her on Facebook, and Instagram.
     
    In this episode Suzanne Parry and Lori discuss: Writing a story that people will read about a particularly gruesome event. Structuring the chapter format and perspective to support the story you’re telling. Exploring the bonds that art creates between people.  
    Plus, her #1 tip for writers. For more info and show notes: diymfa.com/435

    • 44 min
    434: How to Let Your Characters and World Building Flow in YA Fantasy - Interview

    434: How to Let Your Characters and World Building Flow in YA Fantasy - Interview

    Today, Lori is interviewing Lenore Borja. They’ll be talking about how she created a natural flow for her characters and her world in her book The Last Huntress.
    Lenore Borja grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended Arizona State University before moving to New York City to study acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After a brief career as an actress, she spent several years working in executive search and human resources in both New York and San Francisco. She now resides in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband and a bossy feline named Maximus. When she’s not writing, she enjoys adventure travel and anything that gets the heart racing, whether it’s hiking, running, or getting lost in a good book. 
    The Last Huntress is her debut novel. She is currently working on Book 2 of the Mirror Realm  series.

    You can find her on her website or follow her on Instagram.
     
    In this episode Lenore Borja and Lori discuss: Balance the trust you have in your reader with necessary exposition. Creating a fun friendship dynamic that your reader will want to be a part of. Crafting an intriguing, dynamic, and short prologue that will hook your reader.  
    Plus, her #1 tip for writers. For more info and show notes: diymfa.com/434

    • 43 min
    433: Voice, Point of View, and Other Unique Narrative Techniques for Middle Grade Novels - Interview

    433: Voice, Point of View, and Other Unique Narrative Techniques for Middle Grade Novels - Interview

    Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Jessica Vitalis. We’ll be talking about voice, perspective, pacing and her books The Wolf’s Curse and The Rabbit’s Gift.
    Jessica Vitalis is a Columbia MBA-wielding writer on  a mission to write entertaining and thought-provoking literature. As an active volunteer in the kidlit community, she’s also passionate about using her privilege to lift up other voices. She founded Magic in the Middle, a series of free monthly recorded book talks, to help educators introduce young readers to new fantasy books. She was recently named a 2021 Canada Council of the Arts Grant Recipient and featured on CBCs Here and Now. Her first novel, The Wolf’s Curse, published in 2021, and a standalone companion novel, The Rabbit’s Gift, comes out October 25th. 
    You can find her on her website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
     
    In this episode Jessica Vitalis and I discuss: Balancing multiple perspectives on the same events without boring your reader Weaving folklore, tradition, science, and spirituality into a middle grade story How to use footnotes and parentheticals without slowing your story’s pace  
    Plus, her #1 tip for writers. For more info and show notes: diymfa.com/433
     

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

khristin w ,

Love this show!

What a wonderful way to catch glimpses into the magic behind our favorite books. Gabriela and Lori guide the conversations beautifully, kindly, and always deliver an insightful episode. Highly recommend!

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Gabriela, host of the DIY MFA Radio podcast, highlights all aspects of writing and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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Informative and inspiring

I’m so happy to have found this podcast. The interviews explore many facets of the creative writing journey. The interviewees are diverse and each offer a unique perspective. Thank you Gabriela!

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