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Writer’s workshop inspires student creativity

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A writers workshop is held every Wednesday and Thursday night from 7-8 p.m. in the Joseph Fielding Smith Building room 220.

Students of all majors are welcome, according to the Writers Workshop Web page.

At each meeting, writers can volunteer to share their work with the group. Each writer gets six minutes to read their work, and then the group offers commentary for five minutes.

Bethany Murray, the manager of the Writer’s Workshop who is a senior studying English, said most writers who participate bring fantasy works but are open to any genre.

Summer Ballantyne, a sophomore studying physics, said they have even had students bring material from musicals they are writing.

“I come to listen to the stories,” said Jacob Blatter, a sophomore studying computer science.

Murray said the best part of attending the Writer’s Workshop is seeking critique of her writing.

“It’s always fun to see what other people think of your story,” Ballantyne said.

Murray said writers that attend the workshop are learning to give and take criticism.

Ballantyne said the writers are also learning to sort what is constructive criticism and what is opinion.

Jessica Kyle, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies, said she is learning to pay more attention to small details that will improve her stories.

Murray said it is helpful to have other writers to bounce ideas off of.

“I’m here to make friends,” Blatter said.

Murray said students of many different majors attend the Writer’s Workshop.

“Don’t be afraid to come, even if you don’t have work to share,” Blatter said.

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