For many writers and creators, putting your pieces out there and getting feedback can be one of the most daunting aspects of the work. Whether its poems, short stories, epic fantasy works or even realistic fiction, the Curtin Writers Club aims to provide a place for all types of writers to come and share their work.
For the club’s Vice President, Sean Chapman, creating an environment where everyone is about to come and share their work freely has been one of the main goals of the club.
“We have our sessions open for people to bring in their work and workshop it,” he says.
“We also have the website where people can submit basically any form of writing, poems, short stories, and have them worked on by editors.”
A relatively new club, Curtin Writers began in the first semester of 2017 and went on to win the award for Best New Club in that year. Already sitting at around 170 members, the club has strived to create an atmosphere of inclusivity for people who are usually rather shy about sharing their creations.
For club Secretary Catherine Hall, she believes the opportunities being a part of the club offers to upcoming writers is one of the greatest strengths of the club itself.
“Any of our members can get their work published on the website,” she says.
“It gives them a chance to say ‘I’ve been published professionally’ which can really help with getting out into the world of writing.”
This culminates in the club’s main project, the Coze Journal which is a collection of stories written by student members, with some even being illustrated by the Illustration Club, who are close friends of the Writers Club.
With two issues already published, the next annual Coze Journal is set to come out at the end of the year.
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The club has taken large steps to ensure a sense of belonging and community continues to grow as time goes on, with the club hosting movie nights, quiz nights, a book club, and even Poetry Slams for people to compete in throughout the year.
With so many events on top of the weekly workshops which deal with different aspects of the creative writing process, from characterisation to worldbuilding, the club provides a variety of different content for writers of all types to come along and enjoy.
For Secretary Hall, the atmosphere itself is one of the things she loves most about the club, as the people she’s met through it have become some of her closest friends.
“I’ve met the majority of my friends at university through the club,” she says.
“I’m really good friends with the committee and a lot of the members, and all the events are just a really good chance to bond with people who have similar interests.”
You can find out more about the Writers Club at https://www.facebook.com/CurtinWritersClub/
Or you can check out their website at https://www.curtinwritersclub.com/