I have been writing since high school, and was getting paid for it the year after I graduated. I write short stories, childrens books, comic strips, sketch comedy, screenplays - you name it. But my favorite are sketches and screenplays.
I have had scripts place as semi-finalist and higher in numerous competitions across the country; have had sketches produced for stage and CD; and have had stories and poems published in newspapers and magazines.
One of my favorite gigs was as head writer for the Austin improv/sketch comedy group Monk's Night Out. In our first year on stage we beat out firmly-entrenched long-time winner for Best Comedy Troupe in Austin. That felt good.
I co-founded/headed a screenwriters' group, and during the five years this group ran, we helped writers work and tweak their material until it was ready to be submitted to industry professionals. We were instrumental in a number of writers obtaining agents or managers.
We also organized and produced The Best Little Pitchfest in Texas, which brought professionals to Texas to meet with screenwriters, take pitches and socialize. We put a dozen Hollywood professionals together with six times as many writers for two days, forming many relationships that still thrive today.