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. Her book DIY MFA: WRITE WITH FOCUS, READ WITH PURPOSE, BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY is out now from Writer’s Digest Books. When she’s not teaching or developing new courses, Gabriela enjoys writing humor essays, middle grade and teen fiction, and a few "short stories for grown-ups" thrown in for good measure. A New Yorker born and raised, she lives in her beloved city with her husband, two kids, and office cat.
Ms. Pereira Athenaeum's talk is co-sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family & Children at CMC.