I focused on creative writing after publishing over 65 peer-reviewed
scientific articles.  There are great similarities and differences
between the creative demands of science writing and literary
writing.  And, like many post-docs in scientific fields, I passed some
accepted milestones on the road to contributing worthwhile works
to the literary world.  These, to date, are listed in
Publications.  My forth-coming works are listed in Literary

As in most fields, significant contributions are often based on
breadth as well of depth of mastery of relevant matter.  While a
physicist will study many diverse subjects in preparation for work
in one field, the creative author in one style is also well served if
conversant with a variety of styles and genera.  Thus, with no
assurance of significant future contributions, the MFA and PhD
degrees both imply a scope and potential capability in their
respective fields.

Such rigorous preparation is not always essential.  Most literary
authors do not have literary degrees, but still mastered their craft
through study of others' works, practice, guidance, revision, more
practice, critiques, and more revision.  However, it can help fiction
to have the discipline of precise presentation of nonfiction and the
phrasing of poetry.  Similarly, nonfiction can be richer with the
fundamentals of fiction and poetry, such as suspense, resolution,
and metaphor.

Thus prepared, I have started to contribute another 65 works in
creative writing.  


Like good scientists, good writers need good teachers.  Through
classes, conferences, and consultations, with revisions and readings,
offering encouragement and editing, in alphabetical order, I am
grateful to the following writers and teachers:
Alan Cheuse, John Cooper, Chitra Divakaruni, James Houston,      
Morton Marcus, Dick Maxwell, Mary Jane Moffat, Floyd Salas,
Al Young and the Eastern Sierra Writers.
Peter A Berardo, PhD