Every week, students passionate about writing have the opportunity to work on their writing skills by participating in UT's Creative Writing Workshop Club.
The Creative Writing Workshop Club is a constructive environment for writers to improve their writing skills in a warm and friendly setting. Although small and relativity unknown, it has existed at the university for many years, and for many of its members there is absolutely nothing in the world like writing.
Nathaniel Berger, senior in computer engineering and the current president of the club, hopes that writers gain confidence in their writing skills by participating in the meetings.
"I hope it encourages people to write and then get their work out when they do write, and encourage (people) to become comfortable with peer reviews (and) constructively criticizing works," he said.
Before the meeting, members submit their stories for review, and then they are sent out to the group.
Members review the stories before the meeting, and then at the meeting they share comments with the author in a constructive manner.
Samantha Warchol, freshman in psychology, had one of her stories as the subject of the last meeting.
"Everyone is very friendly about individuals' submissions ... hearing good feedback about my story was my favorite thing," she said.
Nate Crilly, sophomore in food science and technology and first time attendee, stated that he plans to continue participating in the club.
"Being able to collaborate with a group of students to examine and break down a story (was the best part). I enjoyed being able to ... talk with the other writers, and I plan on using the club to help edit my own work," he said.
Both Warchol and Crilly think that others should consider attending the meetings.
"I would encourage others to come if they love to write ... the group will only get better with more people being involved and giving feedback for people to improve," he said.
Crilly agreed, pointing to the positive atmosphere.
"If they enjoy writing or reading short fiction, (they should come). The club is a great way to get independent feedback and enjoy yourself," he said.
The club meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Panera Bread restaurant on the Strip. All majors are welcome to participate. The club encourages all types and genres to be submitted, including but not limited to fiction writing, creative nonfiction, poetry and screenplays. Excerpts of novel writing also are welcome.
For more information, students can join the Facebook group called "Creative Writing Workshop Club at the University of Tennessee."