Creative Writings Readings

Written by Kristi Reindl. Media by Kat Kelley.

Last Tuesday evening’s lyrical event was indeed a success.  The Lyrical Writing and Advanced Poetry students have worked diligently all semester sharpening their skills in the creative arts and were proud to show them off.  Each had an opportunity to share their work, whether it was poetry, fiction, or song.  Observers enjoyed a relaxed evening of various performances, including music accompanied by guitar.  The students greatly appreciated an audience so thanks to the spectators who came to support them!

We would love to see similar events happen more often in the future,

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Freshman Josh Webb serenades the audience.
Photo: Carolyn Fairbanks

and in order for that to happen, Greenville College needs more writers!  It’s easy to think of a ten page essay when you hear writing, followed by groans and, yes, procrastinating.  Been there, done that.  But that’s the beauty of creative writing – it’s creative.  Of course, it’s hard work and requires commitment.  Trust me, your first try will not be perfect (nor the seventeenth), but when your character finally leaps right off the page, it’s totally worth the struggle.  So do you ever find yourself lost in your imagination?  Is your imagination dying to escape onto paper?  Perhaps this is what you’re looking for.

It’s only been in the past recent few years that Creative Writing has made a stronger appearance.  Professor Alexandria LaFaye has particularly encouraged attention to this area and has provided a variety of classes to further explore this field.  Since her arrival two years ago, she’s offered classes dedicated to poetry, fiction that explores various genres, and more recently, song writing.  You not only have a chance to improve your skills, but you can learn how to revise thoroughly, critique others’ work, and find out what it means to read as a writer.  LaFaye also gives the opportunity to show what it looks like to incorporate faith into writing, whether you’re targeting a secular or Christian audience.

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Photo: Carolyn Fairbanks

Writing positions are also available in the Papyrus, the Vista, and the Scriblerus.  The Scriblerus is specifically dedicated to Creative Writing and is the oldest club on campus.  They are currently looking for new members to join and help advance the future of the club, so you might give them a try.

If you have any interest in these areas or would like more information, contact Alexandria LaFaye.  She would be happy to guide and find a place that suits you.  Try something new.  Let your imagination roam free.  You might be surprised by what you find there.


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