RSO Spotlight: The Aquinas Writers’ Guild

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Story by Anna Martin, Reporter

Let’s be honest—as college students, it can be easy to forget the joy of writing. Tough papers on topics we might not care about deeply turns writing into a dull chore at best or a daunting struggle at worst. Detailed rubrics and strict grading practices leave us with a haunting sense that we’re just not good enough to be “real” writers. However, one of our student organizations wants to dispel those feelings of inadequacy and obligation and bring joy back to the writing process: the Aquinas College Writers’ Guild.

As explained in the club’s constitution, the mission of the Writers’ Guild is “to form and foster an inclusive community of independent writers, establish a supportive network of creative writing enthusiasts, and provide a fellowship of artists within which to create, coexist, write, share, and develop our common passion for the written craft of expression.”

In simpler terms, the leaders of the Writers’ Guild believe that writing is not an exclusive ability enjoyed by a select few—it’s for everyone.

“We fully believe that anybody can write, and we want to promote writing in a fun, no-pressure environment,” said Nicole Gregory, an executive board member of the Writer’s Guild.

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According to members, Writers’ Guild meetings are relaxed and informal. Attendees write responses to a fun prompt or work on personal projects in a calm and judgment-free space. If they like, they can share their work with the group.

“(This) often leads to amusing conversations,” said Meridian Pearson, club president of the Writer’s Guild. “It’s just a good time!”

 In past years, the guild has held events such as open mic nights and book-themed celebrations, including a “Harry Potter” party complete with trivia, costumes, and Quidditch. These celebrations allow the club to connect with people who might be interested in literature but not necessarily confident in their own writing abilities.

According to Pearson, the Writers’ Guild eagerly looks forward to the coming school year, when events put on hold by the pandemic can become a reality. In the meantime, the guild invites students of all majors and skill levels to join in the fun at weekly meetings, which take place on Wednesdays at 4:15 pm in JLH 234.

“You don’t have to be a member—or a writer!—to attend our events. All are welcome,” Pearson said. “Whether you want to write with us or simply enjoy the discussion, we would love to see you at our next meeting.”