Literature Club Holds First Meeting

Students during the first Literature Club meeting. PHOTO BY DALVIN LAW

Students during the first Literature Club meeting. PHOTO BY DALVIN LAW


Westminster’s newly-founded Literature Club hopes to extend creative appreciation on campus.

Westminster’s Literature Club, co-founded by seniors Jefferson Spears and Christian Jones, held its first meeting in Coulter Science Center on April 2 to promote an understanding of how literature of all forms is creative, influential and entertaining.

Organizers of the Literature Club emphasized that it is not just a book club. Literature is expressed and celebrated in many different ways. Those who would rather write a book instead of reading one, or those who prefer poetry over biographies, will find a place in the club.

The purpose of the Literature Club is to “provide readers with the time and space they need to enjoy and talk about their favorite pieces of literature, while aspiring writers will be given the forum they need for creating their own work and bouncing their ideas off other aspiring writers,” said Dr. Nathanial Leonard, the club’s faculty sponsor, in an email inviting students to the meeting. “Further, the club will assist writers in publishing their work.”

Club members will have the opportunity to connect to others of diverse backgrounds through movies, plays, novels, poetry, dramatic readings, and even sketches. At the meeting, many ideas were shared by a small but optimistic group of attendees.

Spears and Jones gave everyone a chance to say what they hope to experience while in the club. As expected, many students wanted to read and reflect on novels of all types, but other suggestions included round-robin, a collaborative and engaging form of storytelling, book based movie bashing, and character studies.

Those who attended the first meeting not only wanted to be a part of the club, but also said the wanted to see the club grow and prosper. They said they hope to see just how far their appreciation of the art form can take it, and be significant to the way people interpret what literature means.

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