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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

DIY MFA FollowUp, Plus Get Some Respect

Yesterday I posted about a DIY MFA, and got an interesting response in the comments section from Gabriela Pereira, who is running such a program herself. Check out her blog for more details, and see the Comments section of yesterday's post for links to direct posts by Pereira on the pros and cons of doing an MFA. It looks like you can even receive a DIY MFA workbook from Pereira if you request one. However, this program appears to be exclusively for fiction writers, so poets, let's keep talking about the subject.

Also, browsing through Gabriela Pereira's tweets, I ran across a link to an excellent blog post by K. M. Weiland at her blog Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors, called "7 Ways to Make Family and Pets Respect Your Writing Time." I am all about boundaries these days (nothing like kids on summer break to bring that topic to the fore), so I really appreciated these ideas, especially tip # 2: Explain the situation. Don’t expect others to realize the importance of your writing via telepathy. If you don’t explain your needs to them, they’ll never be able to respect them.

Check out the other six tips at Weiland's blog.

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