Meeting - October 16th

Writing club wound up in Hart House’s small but cozy meeting room today. We welcome the new members who joined us!¬†

After doing introductions for the new members, we opened with a journal. Today, the topic was to write about the longest (writing) project you’ve ever done. I really enjoyed hearing how far people have come in terms of their own personal work, and the question was raised whether or not someone can ever truly complete a project.

Our prompt was to mix science with words. As a semi-lifesci student, I’m always trying to find different ways to incorporate the often-numerical, technical world of science into art. Looking through my psychology textbook last night, I felt odd reading the proposed biochemical backgrounds of mood disorders, which looked ¬†robotic and cold in comparison to a matter that is in fact very emotional and complex. This inspired me to write and later come up with the prompt.

Making little cards, I came up with science-related words and concepts, and writers were given the option to either focus on the word on the card, whether they knew its meaning or not, or to use the explanation on the back of the card and write about that. There were lots of creative interpretations of the science themes and I loved seeing the unexpected directions the stories and poetry travelled. 5-HTTLPR, Drosophila melanogaster, neutralization reactions, the 2nd law of Thermodynamics,  displacement, and others crept their way into our work.

Just a reminder that you have just over 48 hours to complete your contest entry. Entries will be posted anonymously here. I will not be voting, but I can’t wait to read them! If you haven’t paid me yet, you can pay me next week (or meet up with me if you can’t make it)

We have also been talking about NaNoWriMo, which is approaching soon. We’ll be having a meeting towards the end of the month to discuss our anticipated projects, so stay tuned.

Thanks to all who came out today :)

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