Writers’ Block benefits students and alumni

Sigma Tau Delta launches writing forum

By Eunice Tibay
On March 29, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Emily Krause and Bonnie Kennedy discuss Writers’ Block, the new writing portal by Sigma Tau Delta for ASU students and alumni. 

 

English honor society Sigma Tau Delta launched a writing forum titled “Writers’ Block” earlier this month.

In addition to providing ASU’s students and alumni a place to discover others works and share their own, Writers’ Block also offers opportunities to receive constructive feedback.

“Not only does it ease them into sharing their work with an audience, it provides a way to gain feedback on their writing, which will improve their writing overall, from grammar to style to diction,” the organization’s president, Emily Krause, senior, said.

Members of the forum can submit works under various genres such as fiction, poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, and more.

According to Krause, the conception of the forum began as she and her vice president, Bonnie Kennedy, held the organization’s Coffeehouse, a program where they invite students to share their works.

“Because of Sigma Tau Delta’s goal to promote literature and writing, Bonnie and I have been working hard to create a community on campus that encourages students to write and share their writing,” Krause said.

“We thought it would be neat to have something online that people could get this kind of feedback and have this kind of interaction,” Kennedy, senior, added.

For Kennedy, having an online platform gives everyone in the group an opportunity to have their work critiqued and interact at any time rather than having meetings in person, which not everyone could attend.

“Between the Coffeehouse that meets once a month to read and our online workshop and our Writing Club, I think we have the makings of a super strong student writing community that will just grow as people hear about it more and more,” Kennedy said.

The forum is also special to Kennedy because it provides opportunities to learn where and how to submit works for publication.

“It’s a centralized location for students here at ASU that is an opportunity for that interaction that goes beyond graduation and goes beyond the semester,” Kennedy said.

Students of all majors are welcome to join the forum; members of Sigma Tau Delta want to strengthen the student writing community outside the English department.

“It’s not just limited to English majors,” Kennedy said. “Anybody who’s interested in writing anything can become a member of this workshop and work on it, contribute to it, upload their work and get feedback for themselves.”

In order to join, students must request an invitation by emailing the organization at SigTDTUTOR@gmail.com or bkennedy3@angelo.edu.

To view the forum, visit sigtdpinu.coursesites.com.

 

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