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The problem? You feel like you might not be able to get there without having received an MFA—or any formal writing education at all. The author's bios you see at the back of your favorite books frequently mention an MFA, and you worry that if you don't, you won't have what it takes to write the book of your dreams. But you can't bear to walk away from that very dream—so, what next?

I received an MFA from one of the top three MFA programs in the country. I've also been on the other side as a visiting professor at an MFA program. I'm confident that the things that I feel were most important to my writing practice over ten years from the date of my graduation would surprise you... and I want to share them.

I’m bringing all of my learnings and first-hand experience to bear to host my first on-demand class designed to springboard you right into working on your first book: The 10-Day MFA.

a simple & thoughtful learning experience

10-Day MFA

The Unexpected Shape with Esmé Weijun Wang is a newsletter with 8000+ subscribers for ambitious writers living with limitations, hosted by award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of The Collected Schizophrenias, Esmé Weijun Wang.

When you sign up for The Unexpected Shape with Esmé Weijun Wang, you'll have two options. On the Free Tier, you will receive twice-weekly newsletters and access to my free Notion Template for Writers.

On the Paid Tier, you'll also receive two awesome things: 1.) free and/or discounted workshops, such as Writing Personal Nonfiction About the Body, as well as 2.) a mini-course, The 10-Day MFA, which is a series of video classes that includes everything important that I took away from my top-tier creative writing Masters of Fine Arts program. The Paid tier is $7/month.

Finally, if you decide to become a Founding Member, you'll receive all the most special things that Esmé can think of. THANK YOU.

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What's Inside:

Everything You'll Learn in Just Ten Days:

  • How to read as a writer (including a reading list)
  • How to build community as a writer
  • How to critique and get critiqued
  • How to think of yourself as a writer and give yourself time as a writer
  • How to talk about your work

Notion template for writers

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Free Notion template for writers

Do you want to keep your writing life organized? Does the idea of using yet another Excel spreadsheet or Google doc (why, oh why do they have to be so inherently hideous) make you want to pull your hair out by the roots? Stay inspired and on top of things with this free Notion template for writers.

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I’m a writer and essayist—the author of the New York Times-bestselling essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias (2019), as well as the novel The Border of Paradise (2016), which was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2016 and one of Electric Literature’s Top 25 Novels of 2016; I was selected by Granta for their once-a-decade Best of Young American Novelists list of 21 authors under 40. I’ve also made appearances on the Today Show, NPR’s Weekend Edition, KCRW, the New York Times, the CBC, Flavorwire, and the New Yorker Online.

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