DIY MFA Radio: Interview with The Mapmaker’s Daughter Author Katherine Nouri Hughes

DIY MFA Radio: Interview with The Mapmaker’s Daughter Author Katherine Nouri Hughes


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This week, Gabriela Pereira sits down with Katherine Nouri Hughes to speak with her about her debut novel, The Mapmaker’s Daughter, which she’s publishing at the age of 67! You’ll learn some amazing details about the novel, including more about its historical framework and the craft of writing about lived experiences. Her writing process involved taking something historical and creating an exciting and believable novel. She also discusses other subjects that would be helpful to anyone who is looking to sit down and write, such as how to keep the proportions of your story’s narrative in check, how to be calm and relaxed when you are writing, and the challenges and advantages of writing a novel later in life. For more detailed show notes, visit

Hughes is a writer who, in the beginning of her career, received a master’s degree in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and lived in Cairo, Egypt, where she worked. Later, she became a vice president at Robinson, Lake, Lerer & Montgomery and a long-time member of the national finance board of the Democratic National Committee. She has accomplished many more dreams in her life and now lives in New York City with her husband.


About DIY MFA: Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts) boils down to one simple formula: Writing + Reading + Community = MFA. This means that to create a do-it-yourself version of the MFA, all you need to do is: write with focus, read with purpose, and build your community.


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