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DIY MFA Radio
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Take your writing from average to awesome, and learn tools of the trade from bestselling authors, master writing teachers, and publishing industry insiders. This podcast will give you tools and techniques to help you get those words on the page and your stories out into the world. Past guests include: Delia Ephron, John Sandford, Steve Berry, Jojo Moyes, Tana French, Guy Kawasaki, and more.
 
Celebrating the rebels, mavericks and weirdos of the publishing world, and encouraging you to disrupt in your own way.
 
Welcome to the Writer’s Digest Podcast! Hosted by Gabriela Pereira, this monthly podcast features interviews with experts and icons of the writing world whose insights will help ignite your creative vision, hone your skills, build your platform and get your work out into the world.
 
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The Writing Coach
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Author and writing coach Kevin T. Johns interviews the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors that help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work.
 
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Guest: Gabriela Pereira, founder of DIY MFA Gabriela Pereira is a author, speaker, and self-proclaimed word nerd who wants to challenge the status quo of higher education. Her mission is to empower writers to apply an entrepreneurial mindset to their professional growth. Gabriela earned her MFA from The New School, in New York. While undercover ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Rob Hart about his latest book The Warehouse. When I heard Rob’s editor talk about this book at the BookExpo Editors’ Buzz Panel, I knew I had to have Rob on the show. Now, if you guys don’t know about Book Expo, it’s a big literary trade show that happens every May in New York Ci ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Aaron Becker. Born in Baltimore, Aaron moved to California to attend Pomona College where he scored his first illustration job designing t-shirts for his water polo team. Since then, he's traveled around the world, from Kenya to Japan, Sweden to Tahiti, looking for good things to ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Archer Mayor. Archer is the author of the highly acclaimed Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as “the best police procedurals being written in America.” He has won the New England Independent Booksellers Association Award for ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing RJ Barker. Now, according to the bio that either he or his publicist submitted when we set up this interview, RJ Barker is a softly-spoken Yorkshireman with flowing locks. He lives in the frozen north with his wife and son, and divides his time between writing and looking after hi ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing NoNieqa Ramos. Now if you’re a die-hard word nerd and fan of the show, you probably remember NoNieqa from her previous interview with us (Episode 202). I had such a blast talking with her that when I heard she had a new book coming out, I knew I had to have her back on the show. I ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Cadwell Turnbull. His novel, The Lesson is a work of speculative fiction is about what happens when a spaceship arrives at the US Virgin Islands with a race of super-advanced aliens on a research mission on board. This story grapples with the tensions between these newcomers and t ...…
 
In episode #98 of The Writing Coach podcast, host Kevin T. Johns speaks with 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize winner Julie Evelyn Joyce.By Kevin T. Johns, author and writing coach.
 
Hey there word nerds! Today, we’re doing another one of our live-from-a-conference interviews, this time from RWA annual conference, which is the big event that the Romance Writers of America put on each year. I had the pleasure of speaking at this event a few years ago in San Diego, and this year because it’s back in New York, I’m delighted to ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Todd Herman, who I am honored to count as one of my mentors. I first met Todd about five years ago, when he gave a talk at an entrepreneurship event, and right away I could tell that he was speaking my language. You see, Todd is a performance coach who specializes in the mental ga ...…
 
In episode #97 of The Writing Coach podcast, host Kevin T. Johns speaks with screenwriter and story coach Jennifer Blanchard.By Kevin T. Johns, author and writing coach.
 
Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Natasha Scripture. Natasha is an author, poet, humanitarian, and former aid worker. As a spokesperson for the United Nations, she covered humanitarian crises around the world and before the UN she worked for a variety of organizations, including the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera English, t ...…
 
In episode #96 of The Writing Coach podcast, host Kevin T. Johns speaks with author Rea Frey about the benefits of stepping outside of the rules.By Kevin T. Johns, author and writing coach.
 
Hey there word nerds! You might be doing a double-take right now because this episode is airing on a Thursday and not on Wednesday like our usual schedule. In fact, this is a bonus episode to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of DIY MFA. That’s right… exactly five years ago today, we announced this podcast to the world. Since then, we have relea ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to our guest, the award-winning journalist, essayist, and poet Marybeth Niederkorn. Marybeth’s work has appeared in The Gasconade Review, Trailer Park Quarterly, Red Fez, and others. A Southeast Missouri native, her work is expressive of her background and roots while still mana ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today is one of my absolute favorite episodes of the year because it’s our annual ThrillerFest Debut Authors panel and I am so delighted to have August Norman, D.A. Bartley, Paula Munier, and John McMahon on the show. Every year, I have the pleasure of attending ThrillerFest, which is a fabulous conference put on by the In ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Fonda Lee on the show. Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, black belt martial artist, and an action movie aficionado as well as the author of several highly acclaimed books of fantasy and science fiction, such as the young adult sci-fi novels Zeroboxer, Exo, and Cross Fire ...…
 
Guest: Dr. Eric Maisel, author, creativity coach and psychotherapist Meet author, coach and psychotherapist Dr. Eric Maisel. Eric has authored more than 40 books and is widely regarded as the world’s top creativity coach. In this special episode of DISRUPTOR, Eric shares his unique takes on the hurdles that often stop creative folks cold. This ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Aileen Erin on the show. Aileen is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd. From Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek, she has a severe fascination with the speculative and supernatural. This fascination led her into writing, but after Twilight, Aileen was told that nobod ...…
 
In episode #95 of The Writing Coach podcast, Kevin T. Johns speak with author and book marketing expert Amy Collins. Amy is the President of New Shelves Books, one of the largest book sales and marketing content providers in the US.By Kevin T. Johns, author and writing coach.
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Mark Mayer to the show. Mark is an author and has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a Michener-Copernicus Fellow, and holds a PhD from the University of Denver. He was also the Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Cornell College’s Center for the Literary ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Dan Stout on the show. Dan is an author who writes about fever dreams and half-glimpsed shapes in the shadows. His prize-winning fiction draws on travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim as well as an employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assist ...…
 
Guest: Joanna Penn, author, podcaster, teacher and authorpreneur. LINKS: Joanna’s Main Site site: https://thecreativepenn.com/ Joanna’s Fiction (as J.F. Penn): https://www.amazon.com/J.-F.-Penn/e/B00AVLL4WG%3F Joann’s favorite Disruptor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-LeeBy Jon Bard.
 
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #94 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with author Fred Waitzkin. Fred was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1943. When […]…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I am delighted to have Dylan Meconis on the show. Dylan is a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator. While she has pursued visual art since she could hold a crayon steady, her formal education has been concentrated in the liberal arts. She studied Western history, literature, philosophy, and French in the College of Let ...…
 
In episode #93 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with graphic recorder, Kit Irwin.By Kevin T. Johns, author and writing coach.
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of hosting Kelsey Ramsden on the show. I have long admired Kelsey’s work as she moves the earth, literally and figuratively. She has been named Canada’s top female entrepreneur by PROFIT, not once but twice. And Forbes calls her a “master builder of ideas, businesses and sky’s the limit futures.” ...…
 
Guest: Patrice Williams Marks, sensitivity reader, author and creator of SensitivityReviews.com Also, Patrice asks Jon his favorite Disruptor – and whether he’s a rebel, maverick or weirdo! Find out his answers at the 42 minute mark. LINKS: Patrice’s author site: https://www.patricewilliamsmarks.com Discover how to become a sensitivity reader: ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of hosting Lenore Appelhans on the show! Lenore is the author of several books for children and teens. Her work has received honors such as appearing on the Bank Street Best Books list, winning a SCBWI Crystal Kite award, and getting featured on boxes of Cheerios. Her newest book the YA novel, The ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of hosting Lee Tobin McClain on the show! Lee is the Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of eight contemporary romances for Harlequin Love Inspired as well as twenty independently-published novels and novellas. She also recently contracted with Harlequin HQN to write three mainstream romance nov ...…
 
Guest: Ricardo Fayet, co-founder of Reedsy.com on how making self-publishing easier democratizes the book world. LINKS: Reedsy: https://reedsy.com/ Ricardo’s Profile Page: https://reedsy.com/author/ricardo-fayetBy Jon Bard.
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of having Rob Eagar on the show! Rob is a marketing consultant and author who has coached over 600 authors and helped both fiction and nonfiction books hit the New York Times bestseller lists. He is the author of The Author’s Guide book series which includes The Author’s Guide to Email Marketing, ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of hosting Jodi Thomas on the show! Jodi is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 50 novels and countless short story collections. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Jodi has proven her skill as a master ...…
 
Guest: Ashleigh Gardner, deputy general manager at Wattpad Studios for publishing. LINKS: Wattpad Books: https://books.wattpad.com/ Good roundup on Wattpad Books: https://publishingperspectives.com/2019/01/wattpad-books-new-publishing-division-opened-canada/By Jon Bard.
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of hosting Sam Sykes on the show! Sam is the author of multiple books of fantasy, including the Bring Down Heaven trilogy, the Affinity for Steel trilogy and comics such as Brave Chef Brianna. He currently lives in the United States with his two hounds and, at any given time, is probably yelling a ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Patrice Gopo on the show! The daughter of Jamaican immigrants who was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Patrice is a personal essayist and often writes about topics of race, immigration, and belonging. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications including Catapult and Th ...…
 
LINKS: Book Industry Study Group: https://bisg.org/ Magellan Media Partners: https://magellanmediapartners.comBy Jon Bard.
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Patricia Davids on the show! Born and raised in Kansas, Pat was an NICU nurse for forty years, before switching careers to become an inspirational writer. She is now a USA Today best-selling author of Amish romance, enjoys playing with her dogs (who think fetch should be a twenty-f ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the absolute pleasure of hosting Jon Land on the show! You may remember Jon from a previous episode where he took part in a round table interview live from last year’s ThrillerFest along with two other bestselling thriller authors: Lisa Gardner and Karin Slaughter. Today though he’s here solo to let me pick hi ...…
 
Jane is the co-founder of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and the Virginia Quarterly Review. Her newest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press); Publishers Weekly said that it is “destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those in ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I am delighted to have Tiffany Reisz on the show! Tiffany is the USA Today bestselling author of the Romance Writers of America’s RITA®-winning Original Sinners series from Harlequin's Mira Books. She has also received a Lambda Award in Gay Fiction for her novel The King and two Romantic Times Editor's Choice Awards ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Janet Pocorobba on the show! Janet is a former features writer and editor at Metropolis magazine in Tokyo, whose memoirs, essays and reviews have appeared in many notable publications such as The Rumpus, The Writer, and Kyoto Journal. She is the author of the memoir, The Fourth St ...…
 
Using publicly available data, Alex Newton has developed algorithms that predict which books will sell on Amazon — and which won’t. Find out how a mild mannered numbers guy has become the “Amazon psychic” and is helping writers and publishers succeed in the world’s largest bookstore. Links: K-Lytics – http://k-lytics.com/…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of hosting Rowenna Miller on the show! Rowenna is a midwestern born and raised fantasy author and has a Master's in English Film and Literature because she can't shut up about stories. She is also a historical reenactor and seamstress, specializing in the late eighteenth century, and writes fantas ...…
 
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #92 of The Writing Coach podcast, I discuss why sometimes the most creative periods in our lives look and sound like […]…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today’s episode is extra-awesome because I’m speaking with not one, not two, but three fabulous ladies, who have had hand in bringing a truly buzz-worthy novel to life, on the show! First we have author Samantha Downing, whose debut novel My Lovely Wife has been getting a lot of attention. When she was a kid, Samantha’s mo ...…
 
As an editor, Joanna Cardenas has helped bring some wonderful books to the world, including The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez and The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya. Now she’s part of two exciting projects — Penguin’s new Kokila imprint, which is adding much needed diversity to bookshelves, and Latinx in Publishing, a collec ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today we have a little change of pace in store for you. As you may recall, when I’m at different conferences, I’ll sometimes record a live-from-the-conference interview, and this happens to be one of those episodes! This interview was recorded in front of a LIVE studio audience at INBOUND 2018. Now, if you’re not familiar ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the absolute pleasure of hosting New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Heather Graham on the show! A theater arts major at the University of South Florida, Heather began her career with several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals and bartending. After the birth of her third child, she decided to ...…
 
Hey there word nerds! Today I have the absolute pleasure of speaking with co-authors Anita Sarkeesian and Ebony Adams on the show! Anita is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. She is best known a ...…
 
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