fallen from the fig tree
When I was younger, teachers and my family would often ask how I learned to write so well. What I couldn't verbalize then with any certainty is that I learned by reading. Certainly, there's a place for formal writing education, but nothing takes the place of immersion in literature and journalism.
I am 95% positive that this fact, and it alone, is the reason I was able to gain the professional positions in writing that I have now, without a college education.