Writing their own story

TRUSU Writers Club brings out the best in students’ work

Tayla Scott, News Collective Intern Ω

Photo courtesy Lachlan Gonzales

Photo courtesy Lachlan Gonzales

Through sharing, discussion and feedback, the TRUSU Writers Club has helped students improve their writing.

“[The club] helped me get over writer’s block, which I had for a long time,” Lachlan Gonzales said. Gonzales has been the president of the TRUSU Writers Club since late 2009.

Gonzales explained that the weekly meetings begin with a ten-minute writing exercise, which group members can share afterwards. Then, everyone gets a chance to read a piece of writing they are working on, whether it’s a poem, a short story or a screenplay. They then receive feedback from the group.

Gonzales explained that the club meetings are very informal, with no pressure to read.

“I was going to stop a man who had the blood of billions of the entire human race on his hands…”

Gonzales read an excerpt from his novel to the rest of the TRUSU Writers Club on Monday afternoon.

“Writing is important to TRU, because without it, there wouldn’t be much of a TRU left. Everything involves writing around here. It’s a fundamental cornerstone,” Gonzales said.

Jennifer Karpuk, who is currently the vice president of the club said, “I went from not thinking I was a writer at all, to being a very active member in the club.”

Karpuk is an engineering student, but she took a year off from engineering to take general arts courses and explore her writing, all because of the club.

“The world at sunset, as the sun hits the hills and the road that I drive, golden,” Karpuk read from a poem of hers at the club meeting.

Karpuk got involved in the club in January 2013 and said she will probably take over as president next year, since Gonzales is graduating.

“I definitely want to continue doing recruiting at the clubs days, and keep up the Facebook page. The club shouldn’t change too much,” Karpuk said.

Gonzales and Karpuk said the club is not just for English students. The club has a lawyer, a psychologist and once had a veterinarian.

“We would love to see international students come out and join us. Even if you don’t think your English is up to par, if you enjoy writing we’d love to see you here,” Karpuk said.

The TRUSU Writers Club meets Mondays at 4:30 p.m. in the Red Room in CAC.