Once a year, the Brock University Creative Writing Club gives student writers the opportunity to publish works in an anthology printed by Brock University’s printing company.
On March 10, club members and executives got together to celebrate the publishing of Inkspots, the 2016 edition of the long-time-running anthology.
The authors are all Brock students and the writings range vastly in genre and style. Mostly, the anthology contains short stories and poems and many of these were read by their authors at the celebration in Welch Hall with coffee and cookies.
This year’s President, Nicole Prowd, who has just been reelected for another term next year, is proud of the club’s work this past year and excited for the future.
“We introduced a few new things this year, we had the sleep-over for Night of Writing Dangerously with Nanowrimo, that was a huge hit, I did not expect that to be so good. Basically we just stayed up all night writing and looking for places to sleep,” Prowd reflected.
Interestingly, there is a cross section of people involved with the Creative Writing Club who are also in the Fencing Club. One of the authors, and an Editor, Mariana Monzon says, “I met Nicole, the President of the Creative Writing Club, last year. She was an Editor and she came to my Fencing Club, and she and I were creative writers so she said, ‘Hey would you like to come to the Creative Writing Club?’
She got me into it and I loved every second of it. And I wanted to give more, so by my third year, which was this year, I became the Editor, for once a week every two hours I would give exercises to help [myself and others] be creative and try new things.”
Monzon wrote a steampunk short story called “Not Just a Hot Air Balloon”.
“I personally want to be a novelist and I want to get into fantasy writing but giving positive morals and giving people opportunities. Specifically, for illness because I went through cancer, so I got inspired to write because of my treatment and my experience there. So I want to be a writer because I wanted to give people with illnesses hope and relate with a character who is not just a cliche, stereotypical character, so I’d like to give a heroin with a disease some kind of power, that overcomes her illness through her goals and her mission.”
Jennifer Nixon, a first year film studies student, also wrote a piece in the anthology called “Edna’s”. The short story follows a cafe in England, where the pastries all come to life. She writes about the diverse lives of the pastries, who create their own realities, and likens them to people, who seem to have to be doing something all the time.
With her piece, Nixon asks “‘where’s the time to dream?’, ‘where’s the time to create?’” and suggests that in our limited time, from the oven to the expiration date, people should be doing what they love and being creative.
The club is accepting submissions for their anthology next year, and the submission entry cut off is March 17.