Can you believe it's been a month already? I can hardly believe it myself!
But, fear not, DIY MFA will continue on past September, albeit in a modified and less intense format, so there is much iggi-licious goodness still to come!
In the meantime, however, I think a good bit of celebration is in order. After all, we've worked hard this month, thinking about our writing, putting together reading lists and learning how to get the most out of our critiques. Now it's time to have some fun. For this reason, instead of the usual Working the Workshop post today, I wanted to give you all an update on some of the iggi-tastic things we've got in store.
I've moved things around a little bit and now have a tab dedicated to all the iggi and iggiU-related graphics. Feel free to grab a badge for your blog or a sticker, and I'll keep you posted as I add more pics. I have some iggi-U Commencement ideas up my sleeve. :)
Which brings me to the next topic...
Starting Saturday, October 2, we'll have a week-long post-series to celebrate all the hard work you did this past month and I have a bunch of super-fun things in store. We have two guest-bloggers: Shannon Whitney Messenger (of the WriteOnCon team) and Benjamin Andrew Moore (non-fiction and comics editor of Verbal Pyrotechnics) who will be our keynote speakers for Monday and Tuesday.
Then on Wednesday, October 6, we'll have our "student speaker" post by Sheri. For those who joined us part-way through DIY MFA, here's the deal with student speaker. In the first week I asked for a volunteer from the registered DIY MFAers to be student speaker and do a guest post. I got so many volunteers that I had to choose by lottery but I didn't want to limit the student speech to just one voice so I've decided to make it into a blogfest!
That's right, EVERYONE can be part of the student speech, just go to the blogfest tab and join in the fun. You might have noticed the blogfest tab in the menu above. Just click and join.
Also, while you don't have to be registered for DIY MFA to be part of the blogfest and to be part of the celebration, you DO need to register to be included in the DIY MFA contest. Contest closes Friday October 1 at 11:59 PM EST so if you haven't registered and want to, run run run! To register enter the contest, all you have to do is fill out the form on this post. I will announce the contest winner during Commencement Week.
Finally, Starting Friday October 8, we'll be having a weekend-long blog party, which will be a chance for everyone to promote their own blogs and find new blogs to follow. I'll share more details about it in a few days.
We've worked hard this month setting up our DIY MFA programs. Now it's time to celebrate!