I've been going to school for writing for the past few years, during which I've participated in a variety of workshops and in class discussions examining the works of my fellow writers. I'm currently taking a small break from school to focus on work, and hopefully start to initiate myself with a larger writing community outside of academic spaces. Lately I have found that it's not as easy staying motivated when I am not among a community of other writers.
In terms of writing experience, I've been writing recreationally since I was a child, and decided on pursuing it as a career in high school. I've studied short story writing, screenwriting, and poetry during my time in college, and hope to further expand my knowledge and experience in these fields and more going forward. A short story of mine, "The Death of Herakles", was published in Ekphrasis, a literary zine organized by the Department of Classics at the University of Toronto in 2019.
To be completely frank, a lot of the more professional workings of this industry are new to me. I was born and raised on the border of Mexico in Arizona, and writing courses weren't really taught in school outside of essay writing. Even when pursuing higher education, my college only offers a handful of courses most of which I have already taken. A lot of the foundation of what I learned was from reading books, lessons, loads of late night Google searches on formatting and grammar to craft my skills.
I am confident in my current skill level and how I've gotten where I am, but I have always been aware that I need a community to help me in progressing past where I am today. I'm not only welcome to new knowledge, I am eager for it. As I said, all I have learned is how to write a story. Though that in itself is a mighty feat, as I find my way into adulthood I realize it is only the first step of the journey.