24 Sep

DIY MFA: Week 3 In Review

Posted in DIY MFA, Week in Review

Hello everyone!

Hope you all had a great week.  I started teaching this week and next week I’ll take on an additional class, so things have been busy busy busy.  But that’s the way I like things to be, so it’s all good.  How about you?  How has your week been?

Before I get to the recap, I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to our two guest-post authors this week.  Michelle and Merrilee both wrote wonderful posts and shared their insights on various aspects of the creative process.  You guys are great.  Thank you!

Recap of this Week in DIY MFA:

Saturday: Guest Post: Michelle Davidson Argyle Discusses Self-Publishing
Michelle shares her experiences in self-publishing CINDERS.

Also, the winner of the CINDERS giveaway is… *drum roll*…  J.C. Martin.  Thank you to everyone who participated by leaving comments, and congrats to our winner!  J.C. Martin please email me your mailing info so that I can send you your copy of CINDERS.

Sunday: Guest Post: Merrilee Faber Writes About Creative Revision
Merrilee gives some fabulous tips on how to make revision part of the creative process.

Monday: Writing About Individual Works
How to use our writing to expand our understanding of what we read.  In particular, ways to make the most of reviews and response essays.

Tuesday: Choosing the Right Conference
Choosing which conference to attend can be tricky, but if you know what you want to get out of the conference, it makes the choice much easier.

Wednesday: Technical Tips for Writing Dialogue
iggi and I provided a dialogue sample, then I ripped it apart pointing out all the mistakes.  What mistakes can you find?

Taking Critique
Some tips for helping to ease the sting of rough critiques.

Don’t Forget:  There’s still time to register for iggi U.  Check out the iggi U tab for more information or to catch up on previous posts.  If you register, you automatically get entered in the DIY MFA contest.

And one more thing…  As we make our way into our last week of this DIY MFA extrabloganza, I’ve already started mulling over where DIY MFA should go next.  I’d love to hear from all of you:

  • Which “classes” have been the most useful?
  • What would you like to see more of?
  • Any other ideas of things you’d like to see in DIY MFA after September?

Please tell me because I’m DYING to know: what ideas/thoughts/suggestions do you have of where DIY MFA should go?  


Comments on this post

  1. Michelle Davidson Argyle says:

    Congratulations, J.C.!!! I hope you enjoy the book. 🙂 Also, thank you Gabi for hosting me here! MUCH APPRECIATED! I wish I had more time to hang out here but this month has been insane.

    1. Merrilee says:

      I wish the DIY MFA would slow down 🙂 I am nowhere near keeping up! But at least the posts will still be available after, so I can muddle through at my own pace.

      Great series, Gabi.

      1. Kerryn Angell says:

        Which "classes" have been the most useful?
        I've found Love of Literature and Creative Community have really expanded my view of reading as a writer and of getting out into the offline community as well as making better and more organised use of my reading and community online.

        What would you like to see more of?
        I would like to see more posts on these classes! Particularly Love of Literature and Creative Community as they're areas my knowledge is weakest in. Maybe you could have several month-long semesters of blogging over the year?

        Any other ideas of things you'd like to see in DIY MFA after September?
        You have mentioned an online community of DIY MFA-ers post September. I would love a place to chat with other students, have a forum to share my DIY MFA as I put it together, gain feedback on it and comment on others.

        You've also mentioned Commencement Week and posts on how to take the information you've imparted in September and shape it into our own DIY MFA programs. I know these would be really useful and I'm looking forward to reading other participants posts on their DIY MFA journey so far.

        1. J.C. Martin says:

          OMG OMG OMG! I won! 😀 Thank you thank you thank you! Sorry I caught this late–still trying to catch up on blogs! Will email you NOW!

          As for your questions:

          Which "classes" have been the most useful?
          Definitely the Brain Bootcamp and Craftivity one for a wannabe published author like myself! Also loving the guest posts!

          What would you like to see more of?
          As above.

          Any other ideas of things you'd like to see in DIY MFA after September?
          More advice on the actual writing and editing process perhaps. 🙂

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