One of the Joys of being a writer is forging connections and friendships with other writers. I am a member of  two face-to-face writing groups as well as several  Facebook groups and I subscribe to a number of blogs by fellow writers. We can offer one another support, ideas, encouragement, or a kick in the seat if that is what’s required and requested. We read one another’s posts, answer questions, act as mentors, cheerleaders, fans, and shoulders to cry on. There is a lot of camaraderie in the writing world, because we all now how joyful, maddening, frustrating, exhilarating, disappointing, and scary being a writer can be.


My singular favorite aspect of being in support of other writers is being able to see their hard work come to fruition in the form of a published book. What is really fun is being able to get a sneak peek at a book before it’s publication date, by being part of a Street Team. A Street Team is a group of people who receive an Advanced Reading Copy ( ARC) of a book for the purpose of reading, reviewing, and promoting the book on behalf of the author.


I have the joy and privilege of being on the Street Team for Gabriela Pereira’s book DIY MFA. It is a manual for writers who want to obtain an MFA-type writing education without the prohibitive cost of an actual program. Below you will see my review that was posted on Goodreads and also on my Facebook page. The book is scheduled for publication in early July.


Gabriela Pereira’s book DIY MFA is a one volume writer’s course. In it you will find everything you need to become a serious writer. She did not offer a book for hobbyists or dabblers, but for those who truly desire to learn, grow, and succeed as writers. In step-by-step chapters, Gabriela explains just how to set up your own MFA program. It consists of three parts: Write, Read and Connect, which she details quite clearly.

I was so excited for this book to come out and it did not disappoint. She has an engaging style to her writing which made this book an easy read. Many writing instruction books are difficult to get through because of the pedantic style the authors employ. I read through DIY MFA in a little over a day and enjoyed it immensely. It reads as if you are having a conversation with an enthusiastic, knowledgeable friend. As soon as I finished, I started over and read it again slowly and took notes on ideas I found doable, novel, and intriguing. I ended up with many pages of notes and a refreshed and renewed desire to take charge of my writing practice.

I highly recommend DIY MFA to anyone who is serious about creating a sustainable writing career.

Thanks for reading!

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