Gabriela earned her MFA from The New School, in New York. While undercover as a graduate student, she learned the inside scoop on MFA programs, invented a slew of writing tools all her own, and developed a new, more effective way for writers to learn their craft. Now she shares what she discovered and helps writers around the world get the “knowledge without the college.”
In a past life, Gabriela worked in the toy industry, creating educational activities and games for toddlers, preschoolers, and tweens. She has taught several writing courses in New York City at organizations like: 826NYC, Everybody Wins, EHTP, and even at a local writing workshop she built from the ground up. While Gabriela now teaches exclusively via DIY MFA, she continues to lead workshops at national and international writing conferences. She also gives keynotes on college campuses, and offers training programs on creativity in the workplace.
Her favorite thing to do is come up with dastardly plans for new writing courses, and create innovative resources to share with her word nerds. She is also the host of DIY MFA Radio, a popular podcast where she interviews authors and industry experts. When she’s not building cool stuff, Gabriela loves to write middle grade and teen fiction, with some “nerdy fiction for grown-ups” thrown in for good measure. She is represented by Jeff Kleinman at Folio Literary Management and her book, DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community, was published in spring 2016 from Writer’s Digest Books.