When this scribe was doing his journalist-in-training duties by spending some college days typing out obituaries for an afternoon newspaper near Boston, an editor provided a piece of career advice: “You’ll be fine if you can write.” The nugget always struck me as prescient, given the newspaper industry’s immediate shift upon my graduation. (Witness: This was only 2005 or so, and things like afternoon newspapers and green reporters writing obits already seem like relics). But I think the real reason it stuck with me is the wider idea embedded within: that writing is more of a life skill that can be applied across disciplines that just so happens to be a career path for some people. Having seen many talented writers who have no formal training, I would also add that it’s a skill that’s within all of us that can be used to learn unexpected things. Bringing the writer out of everyone is an idea that’s embodied by a new writers’ workshop that formed in Baltimore earlier this year.