Creative Writing Club seeks diversity
The Poetry and Creative Writing Club at Kings High School has kicked off its new year.
The club launched last year for students who are interested in improving their writing skills. This year the club is being led by Senior Emme Mattariddi (pictured here). She was part of the club last year and is excited to be part of it now.
Mattariddi wants the club to offer a place where people can share their writing without fear of judgement or criticism. She doesn’t want people to hold back or be scared to speak their mind.
“Confidentiality is of the utmost importance in Poetry and Creative Writing Club,” she said. “We want to create an environment that fosters deep connections within our writing and we can’t do that when you’re scared of being judged.”
Everyone is welcome and Mattariddi thinks that the more diverse the club is, the better the writing will be.
“Diversity in this club is essential because the world is diverse, and to get a genuine experience we have to imitate it to the best of our ability,” she said.
Senior Paige Galberg is a veteran member of the club and feels that it has been one of the biggest highlights of her high school career.
“Writing was always something I enjoyed doing, and Poetry Club has given me an opportunity to get a lot better at it,” she said. “I also really like hearing what others have written. I was surprised by how many good writers there were.”
Another aspect of Poetry Club that Galberg likes is “conferencing” a piece of writing with another person or a smaller group of people in the club to get specific feedback.
“Sharing your writing one-on-one is a great way to connect with other people,” she said. “It’s always a little nerve-racking when you’re waiting for feedback, but it’s a good way to make you a better writer.”
Mattariddi has big plans for the club this year and she hopes that she will be able to organize a Slam Poetry event.
“We’re trying to organize an open mic night for both artistic and non-artistic groups. It’s a great way to let off steam,” she said. “Slam poetry is really just artistic aggression, and listening to other peoples is so much fun.”
Even after she graduates Mattariddi is sure that the club will continue and hopes that it will allow future writers to express themselves.
“I hope this club will always be an oasis for the writers of this school to come together and make friends with people who share the same passion they have.”