I just happened upon a link on twitter for DIY MFA. And five minutes later, I have registered. Do I know what I am getting myself into? Not in the least.
Am I excited about being challenged to write and joining others writing on purpose? Heck yeah!
The idea is to sharpen your study of writing and simulate the MFA experience with your own independent writing plan. The goal is to put together your own custom-designed writing plan to help you get many of the benefits of an MFA without going back to school.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I could sure use a boost. I’m feeling out the chasm between fanfiction and original fiction and it is WIDE.
I’m IN! Wanna jump in? Join up!
“I think the idea of having to prove yourself is the most motivating thing…” -Kathryn Stockett
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