The Wordsmith Victor Villasenor / by Larry Saavedra

Victor Villasenor, third from right side with me holding his latest book.

Victor Villasenor, third from right side with me holding his latest book.

By Larry Saavedra

The other day I attended a workshop by best-selling author Victor Villasenor. He's written many novels, however, Burro Genius, his memoir stood out in my mind as one of his best.

Workshops on the craft of writing for magazines, websites or newspapers, are critical if you love words. But be careful of who is doing the teaching. Find an accomplished writer, who humbly shares his or her story. And remember that even the best writers had to start somewhere. Don't get discouraged early in the process if you are just starting out. Write, write, write.

After spending a career as a working member of the media, I continue to hone my skills. Writers should be constantly learning, no one person knows it all. Soaking up the knowledge of academia helps, but interacting one-on-one with someone who's been to the top of the mountain is priceless.