Writers workshop provides students with new tools

Anzhelika Tolstikhina, [email protected], is a freshman nursing major.

On Friday, Sept. 20 the Washburn Writers’ Workshop group had their third meeting in the Boswell Room of the Memorial Union. Students have been introducing their works of poetry and creative fiction to receive a critical response from other members and vice-versa.

“Anyone can come share and get advice,” said Kerry Wright, student leader of the event.

Such a “get together” is a chance to receive help from other advanced writers who are not accustomed sugar-coating their opinions. During the workshop, they didn’t hesitate to tell the truth about what they thought needed to be improved.

“Those who choose such a path can’t be precious about their writing when trying to get published,” said Cal Phoenix, another student leader.

These students sure show serious attitude about their work. Most of them are dedicated to writing from an early age and are determined to reach the highest levels of performance as possible.

Unfortunately, the public tends to underestimate this field of work. At first sight, writing is driven entirely by a flow of inspiration. To create a decent poem or fiction story requires no effort, but only talent. However, there are many rules in respect of word placement such as taboos on conjunction disposal, ban of sentimentality and strong criticism for cliché.

Members of Writers’ Workshop group put their whole heart and soul into polishing their work. They have meetings every other Friday, during which they present an improved version of their work. Most of the time, it takes more than a year to create a decent poem or even a short story, but even then, no one can guarantee that the piece will be published.

The greatest deal about the Writers’ Workshop is that they work together towards the success and aren’t afraid of receiving criticism or of giving truthful advice.

As someone mentioned in the meeting, the effectiveness from those meetings is real, “like toilet paper real!”