By Elissa Thompson
Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.”
The university’s Writer’s Club is a new group of students who share the same passion: writing.
President of the club and junior international business major Peter Jackson said he wants to give students access and awareness to opportunities near the campus.
“A lot of our focus is off-campus, but as far as on campus, I guess the main thing is awareness. I would like for students to be aware of events that are happening and have the chance to network and to meet writers and editors,” he said.
Jackson is a published author and owns his own publishing company, Stellar Sole Press. He has published two books, “Free the Poet” and “Fear the Truth.” The books can be purchased at the UMHB bookstore, Townsend Memorial Library and libraries in local cities.
The sponsor for the club is Assistant Professor of English Dr. Toby Coley. He said Jackson approached him about becoming the sponsor for the club at the beginning of last semester.
“Being a creative writer in addition to my scholarly work, I took on the sponsorship with enthusiasm in the hopes that students at UMHB who wrote or wanted to write creatively would be encouraged to do so with a formal outlet,” Coley said.
Junior nursing major and treasurer of the club Rodney Duckett said the organization is all about freedom of expression.
“The written word is the only word that never dies. It lives on,” he said.
The club meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the library conference Room 107.
Members share their poems and short stories.
Senior psychology major and chaplain for the club Hannah Romo said, “It is a good way to listen to other people’s writing styles and perspectives since everyone has their own style.”
The Writer’s Club is students sharing their hearts in the form of words.
“I usually say that one of the ways to a person’s soul is through either writing, art or music. Anything artistic,” Romo said.
The club also helps students critique their writing and experiment with new styles of writing.
“It entices a person to come in where they can write freely and learn ways to improve their writing style or their writing techniques. We kind of play to strengths by improving their weaknesses,” Duckett said.
He has been able to get out of his comfort zone and dabble a little in poetry.
“It’s given me some freedom and some latitude to expand my horizon.”
The Writer’s Club gives members a chance to try out some of their pieces in poetry competitions that occur throughout the state.
“There (are) poetry events every single week. There is something going on in various cities,” Jackson said.
Members have performed in competitions as well as submitted their works to the Baylorian.
Coley said, “Writer’s Club is helping those who participate to write and critique creative writing more effectively and efficiently.”