By Abbey Huffer
Junior Ava Everett recently started the narrative writing club held in portable 15 from 2:15 to 3:15 after school. Writing is a great skill to have, as it helps with communication and thinking skills. Not only that, but writing in many different forms such as poetry and creative writing is a great way to express yourself.
“The thing I’m most looking forward to is club interactions,” club president and junior Ava Everett said. “Honestly, I hadn’t really met any students who enjoyed narrative writing as much as I did prior to my club, and I feel that English classes focus very little on narrative writing and instead favor argumentative and informative writing. Knowing this, I hope my club is a place where writers of all skill levels can come together under a common interest, forming new friendships and new skills that they can take with them into the future.”
To Ava, writing is an important part of her life and she’d like to form friendships with people who share the same interests and hope this club can benefit them. The goal of the club is to overall improve the writers and help them strengthen their skills. To get a feel of what is expected, here is how the process throughout the week will work.
“In Narrative Writing Club, I give the members a writing prompt from a variety of genres that they have the whole week to write,” Everett said. “They may write as much or as little as they see fit. At the next meeting, we go around with members sharing a synopsis or a small excerpt of what they wrote. They may also share their stories with other members or with me if they want someone to read their story more in-depth or give feedback. Then, I give them the next prompt, and the cycle continues. Some prompts will last longer than others, and some prompts will focus more on writing and linguistic skills than others. The purpose is to help improve the writers, so I try to aim for our prompts to be able to benefit them the most.”
Some members are looking forward to using the Narrative Writing Club as a chance to meet other writers in a social setting. Being able to share writing tips and talk about the topics assigned is important to members of the club.
“Definitely [most excited for] the social aspect of the club,” junior Ryan Peralta said. “Walking around and talking to other writers and hopefully even getting tips on what I should change or add and getting new experiences and perspectives from others is always an amazing thing.”
Finding people with the same interests as you is a great way to make new friends. If you decide to join the club, you will find many students that are just as excited about writing as you are.
“I decided to join the narrative writing club because I’ve always loved writing stories,” Peralta said. “Novels and short stories could always contain whatever you want and change depending on your mood or what you’re interested in at the time. I’ve been writing for a long time and when I saw that there was a club for it, I was so excited to join.”