Club Leader: Arlene Lahey

Our goal in this creative writing club is to strengthen communication and interpersonal skills, further language development, and develop a creative approach to writing.

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
― Plato, The Republic

“Once upon a time…. “

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

“Mother died today.” —Albert Camus,The Stranger

 “In a hole in the ground their lived a hobbit…” J.R.R Tolkien, The Hobbit

It can be the hardest line to write but is often the most important: the first line; the opening; the hook. Something that draws the reader into a story and has them asking, ‘What comes next?’

In this club, every Thursday will be a new beginning. Working individually, in pairs, and in small groups, you will start the process that is creative writing and through a series of new beginnings, exploring the magic of narrative. Fantasy; Science Fiction; Mystery; and Romance are some of the genres we will explore. This club is not about finishing; it’s all about beginning.

As well as being an integral part of your coursework, this club offers you the experience of immersing yourself in the creative process. You won’t write essays: you will create something new and original that is yours. You will discover and develop new skills including communication and persuasion skills, as well as critical thinking.

To quote Stephen King, “The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.”