Clayton State University recently gained a new organization for an old art. The Creative Writing Club kicked off with meetings in late October and early November.
The Creative Writing Club is established to advocate and promote a love of writing growth. From those who consider themselves dictators of diction to those who compare comma placement and plot formation to ancient forms of torture, Clayton State’s Creative Writing Club welcomes them all.
Each meeting will entail announcements of local writing opportunities collected by the officers, followed by writing prompts, challenges, and collectively driven discussions and workshops. There are plans in the works for author visitations and possibly volunteer outings to go read to children. The bulk of the meeting will derive from the sign-up sheet at the beginning. Members will sign-up to read their previously written works for a given or requested amount of time, and then will be part of a group discussion on pros and cons, improvements, direction, and any other sort of feedback from their fellow members.
The Creative Writing Club arose this semester when former Woodland High School Writer’s Club creator and three-time President, Siera Blasco, ran into former Woodland High School Writer’s Club officer, Ryan Pruitt, almost quite literally—both now students at Clayton State by chance, choice, and possibly conspiracy. Upon collaboration with each other and later on present club sponsor, Dr. Brigitte Byrd, professor of English in Creative Writing, the Creative Writing Club was creatively, craftily, created.
“The Creative Writing Club will stand on the premise of honest criticism before false confidence building,” says Creative Writing Club President Blasco. “Members here are serious about improving their writing, not just their idea of it. However, all participates will practice in the art of proper criticism together, which is essentially communication—which is what writing is all about. Vague responses, whether positive or negative, are never efficient. Understanding why a phrase or word invokes a certain reaction or lack of reaction, however, will grow the subjected writer at hand and critic as well.”
Blasco also notes that with the club officially formed, all that is needed is a community.
“As writers, generally more drawn to their solitude in order to work their craft, this may be difficult at first, but once united will prove more strong than ever,” she says, asking her fellow writers at Clayton State to spread the word of the word.
The club features Wednesday and Tuesday meetings as a weekly trade off in order to encourage students scheduled on different days to attend. For a full Fall 2014 schedule, contact Blasco at firstname.lastname@example.org.