John McDonald's writing journey started in the summer of 2007 with a long-winded and not very good "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fanfiction. From those first few pages, he learned that expressing himself as a writer would take much more than just a good idea. In 2017, he earned his bachelor's degree from Portland State University, where he majored in theater and took a variety of writing courses. There, he learned about adaptations, mask work, and non-prescriptive editing. He was inspired and challenged by mentor Karin Magaldi into rethinking what the fields of writing and theater meant to him and now has a growing portfolio of screenwriting and plays under his belt. John writes narrative fiction with a focus on under-represented characters and most of his writing has a fairy tale aspect to it. John believes literary art relies on community engagement and inspiration from other artists in order to grow a person's craft (and yes, that inspiration can include even surprising things, like the ride queues at Disneyland). On his DVR, you will currently find episodes of "Planet Earth," "The Great British Bake-off," "Legion," and "The Good Place."
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