I got my MA in linguistics and have been homeschooling for nine years. I am married with three sons and a dog.
I got interested in writing seriously after reading a book that just blew my mind (Women Without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur). I then tried to build sort of a foundation for myself by taking a few literature MOOCs, reading a lot, reading books on craft. I started feeling like I was kind of stuck after a while. Everywhere I looked I kept seeing the same advice to read Lamott, Goldberg and a few Writer's Digest books. I was frustrated with trying to find the next step to improve my writing.
Thankfully, I was told about WVU. I have learned so much since joining, from courses, yes, and also from all the great writers here. My to-read list of books on writing craft has improved in both length and quality, and all the feedback given and received has helped me wrap my head around things that were eluding me. I have had a few poems and stories published here and there in little magazines and webzines, and I look forward to writing more, reading all your wonderful pieces and working together.