A couple already have advanced degrees in English. One is a published author who served on the board of RWA (Romance Writers of America) at the time they were crafting their mission statement. One lives in Japan, one in London, another in the Florida Keys (where she works with dolphins) others in South Dakota, Wisconsin, Boston. Ages seem to range from twenty-somethings to yours truly.
So we have diversity, at least of age and geography.
Right now, I'm feeling overwhelmed and under-educated. My undergraduate degree, in case you didn't know, is in Management Information Systems. Not much literary going on there.
As of this writing, I'm spending 2 or 3 hours a day on schoolwork and just barely keeping my head above water.
So far, I've read the assigned chapter on paragraphing in Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose five times, and I still have no idea what the hell she's talking about.
So, lacking skill or any real aptitude, I'm going to fall back on the same trait I've relied on through most of my life:
After all, it's gotten me this far.
(BTW--Prose says using one-line paragraphs for emphasis is a "rhetorical device"--aka a cheap trick. Good to know.)