Upcoming Events

April 24, 2017: This Creative Life: How to Survive and Succeed without Breaking Your Heart and Losing Your Mind
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Gabriela Pereira is a writer, speaker, and self-proclaimed word nerd who challenges students to find their voice and use their words for the power of good. As the founder and instigator of DIYMFA.com, her mission is to empower writers, artists, and other creative individuals to take an entrepreneurial approach to professional growth.

Pereira earned her MFA in creative writing from The New School and teaches at national conferences and regional workshops, as well as online. She also hosts DIY MFA Radio, a popular podcast where she interviews bestselling authors.

Ms. Pereira Athenaeum’s talk is co-sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family & Children at CMC. Register here.


April 24, 2017: Stronger Outline = Stronger Story: A writing workshop with Gabriela Pereira of DIY MFA

Whether you’re a plotter, a “pantser” or somewhere in between, an outline can make your story stronger while making your writing life easier. Many writers think of an outline as either too daunting or too stifling but, if done correctly, it can be a powerful addition to your writing toolkit.

During this workshop, Gabriela will show you how to create a strong, flexible outline that’s custom-designed for your style, your process, and your story. She will also share her secret sauce formula for story structure and show how it works in popular books and movies. You’ll leave this interactive session knowing how to use your outline to perfect your plot, deepen your characters, and guide your story from draft to done.

Please RSVP here for Monday, April 24th 2:00 – 3:30pm at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse.

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