I have dabbled in writing as a hobby for several years. I recently took some writing courses at the University of British Columbia, prompting me to start work on a novel. I found the courses very helpful, particularly the feedback and evaluations from the workshops. One reason I never considered a career as a writer is that it is such a solitary profession, and I like working with people. I enjoyed interacting with fellow writers attending the courses and hope to find something similar on this website.