Fall 2017 Club Minutes

December 5, 2017

  • We workshopped Melissa’s story: character names and qualities.
  • Adam read his story, and members gave feedback.
  • Work on Amanda’s story idea.
  • Sam read his poem.
  • Go over American Red Cross blood drive shift information.
  • Vote on a day for club yearbook photos. We voted on next week’s meeting (December 12).

November 28, 2017

  • We workshopped Melissa’s character last name to be either Ariel Marin or Moreau. Members also discussed the father’s role in the plot after his disappearance.
  • In Adam’s story the harvesting of blood, prey, and a fight vs. Wendigo was discussed. Then the backstory of the vampire’s origins were fleshed out concluding that they are cursed.
  • Members briefly responded to Natalie’s question on including a Grim Reaper and multiple blood lines.
  • We concluded for Elizabeth that her ending doesn’t have to be sent in stone or outlined. We suggested to keep writing and see where it takes her character.
  • Brittany and Members brainstormed Caitlyn’s last name and Caleb’s parent’s names.

November 21, 2017

  • Members workshopped Brittany’s main characters names to be Caitlyn and Caleb. Then we fleshed our their characteristics. Lastly, we developed Brittany’s conflict of Orcs bullying Caleb and Caitlyn rescuing him.
  • Members discussed Elizabeth’s gargoyle character Pierre and the conflict of his father’s murder.
  • Members lastly helped to develop characteristics of Natalie’s half humans half fairy main character. We talked about the conflict of her getting her wings. Then we discussed this characters human father who is not speciesist.

November 14, 2017

  • Today we discussed Adam and Melissa’s short story ideas. We developed a conference location for humans and creature to meet in Melissa’s story. We brainstormed the background of Adam’s vampire character.

November 7, 2017

  • Members wrote Holiday cards to veterans.

October 31, 2017

  • We listed and discussed possible genres to write our short stories in. Members decided on a world of  Magical Realism where mythical creatures exist to everyone’s knowledge. The historical context of the world is that in 2003 greenhouse gases broke down a layer of the atmosphere which kept people from seeing mythical creatures. Some of those creatures are mermaids, trolls, and werewolves.

October 24, 2017

  • We did a setting workshop consisting of five parts. First, we wrote about a place without adverbs and adjectives. Second, we wrote about landscapes and buildings without using details. Third, we created a list of items that are in a location without detail of where the location is. Fourth, we wrote a list of things that effect the place. Fifth, we wrote a list of places where certain activities take place.

October 17, 2017

  • We discussed NaNoWriMo and brought up their website. Then we did a writing exercise where we answered character action questions. For example, How do you drive a car? How do you talk on the phone? How do you get dressed? Lastly, we working in three groups describing the actions of a teacher, doctor, and mailman at a restaurant eating lunch.

October 10, 2017

  • We started our meeting with a dialogue prompt. Members thought of a conversation they’ve had recently and transcribed it in just dialogue with no narration or tags. Then we shared our dialogue pieces and asked members if the dialogue sounded natural. Emily and Rachel reviewed tags and beats. After, we returned to our writing and added in tags and beats. Lastly, we did an exercise with a partner exchanging conversation with created characters.

October 3, 2017

  • We did two different character development exercises. For the first exercise everyone wrote character backgrounds individually. We then shared our characters. After this we split into two teams and wrote 5 truths, 5 lies, and 5 bizarre facts. Opposite teams had to guess which statement was a truth, lie, or bizarre fact.

September 26, 2017

  • Members wrote short bios for our member page on the website and took pictures. We then split into two teams and played Mad Libs using the same prompt. Which ever team’s prompt got the most laughs won.

September 19, 2017

  • Eboard members presented an informational presentation on the Rowan Writing Arts Club due to a number of new members attending. Members introduced themselves with the game, Guess My Secret. Afterword we did a You’ve Got Mail activity, members wrote letters to their future selves.

September 12, 2017

  • The club president, Morgan, began the meeting with presenting an informational powerpoint on the club. Afterword we introduced ourselves with the game, Guess My Secret. Members wrote down an interesting fact about themselves and other members had to guess what fact belonged to each student.

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