I've written poetry at various times in my life, though not lately. I've had a couple of things published in poetry magazines, so I just about scrape into the "published writer" category. I'm keen to shift to writing fiction. I've just finished a degree in English Language (which I did for fun -- I'm an engineer by profession, and already had the degrees I needed for that!), and since I'm thorougly hooked on adult education I'm starting a creative writing course in the spring. I hope I can be some use around here -- doing the English degree I discovered that I enjoy close reading of texts, although that doesn't seem to help much with actually writing the things! Oh, and I'm English, so if my spelling and punctuation seem strange to readers from other parts of the world, remember -- it was our language first .