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A Club is Born

In her book, The Creating Brain, Nancy Anderson argues that creative people are likely to be more productive and more original if surrounded by other creative people.

This is the impetus behind MC Writes, a newly formed creative writing club on campus. We meet once monthly (sometimes more) on Thursday evenings during the Fall 2017 semester.

Our next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on October 12 in Hess 051. We will begin each meeting with a “writing moment” in which writers can respond to a prompt or can free-write for 15-20 minutes. Bring notebook and pen or plan to use one of the computers in Hess 051.

After our writing time, we will workshop pieces that have been submitted for consideration. Email submissions as an attachment for workshop to snellk@mcpherson.edu prior to the meeting.

On Friday, Oct. 6, three MC Writers participated in First Fridays at The Cedars. Joyce Muhizi, Allison Penalva, and Michael Groll read original poems and essays and answered questions from the audience at this event.

Writers who want to participate in an intergenerational writing project can respond to one of the following prompts and email your original writing to snellk@mcpherson.edu. Be sure to write “First Fridays Project” in the subject line of that email. Submissions may be poetry or prose.

Here are the prompts:

  1. Write about how you assembled a puzzle or game from your childhood. Focus on the imagery, the pieces, intention and focus.
  2. Write about your experience in some type of vehicle used for long distance such as a car, airplane or a train. Where were you going? Was it comfortable? Did you forget anything or find something? Did you arrive at the right destination?
  3. Write about a moment in your life where you experienced wonder and awe.
  4. You found a to-do list you wrote when you were 10 years old. What’s on it?