Friday, October 14, 2011
Night Watchman Eyes Better Future through Education
Four years ago, Bird’s wife Becky was researching colleges for her own career in education, and came across Rio Salado.
“I was looking for classes that would help me tighten up my writing,” Bird said, adding that he also enjoys the school’s flexibility.
“What I like best about Rio Salado is that I can access my school work at any time online. But what really sold me was the catalog for the creative writing program, which covers everything from screenplays to short stories, novel preparation and editing.”
Bird credits Rio’s faculty members and instructors for helping him grow as a writer.
“Sandra Marinella (creative writing coordinator at Rio Salado) has been a real driving force, challenging me in terms of how I write and how I present my work,” Bird said.
Originally a science fiction writer influenced by a Dungeons and Dragons childhood, Bird has broadened his repertoire thanks to feedback from other writers.
“Once I was exposed to the online writing community, I began to feel the need to expand and experiment with other styles ranging from romance to comedy and beyond,” Bird said.
Last spring, one of Bird’s writing instructors nominated him for a scholarship to attend the “Desert Nights, Rising Stars” writing conference at Arizona State University.
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