For those of you who were unable to make it to the first English Club Meeting of the 2012-2013 year, Tom, our assistant manager and I have put together a little post about what was discussed during the meeting.

The first thing we did was go over the description of the club. For those of you who don’t know, the English Club at Widener is not just a club, but a community for people who appreciate and celebrate literature, writing, and other creative arts. While a lot of members are Creative Writing and/or English majors, the club is open to any major and students who are interested in joining should contact a leadership team member or Dr. Robinson. Together, we brainstorm fun ideas, events, and places we could all go, not only to support, but bask in the topic of literature, writing, or the creative arts.

Since we are a club for the students, it is only natural that the club is run by a three person management team; the assistant manager (a sophomore English major, Tom Kelly), the manager (a junior English major, Jillian Benedict), and a senior consultant (a senior English major, Erin Sylvester) and a faculty adviser, Dr. Robinson.

After everyone was introduced, I provided a list of things we could do or things you can do yourself if no one can get with you or is interested. They range in place and time, because I wanted to give everyone multiple options. If anyone else has an idea or wants to do something, please do not hesitate to e-mail me. This list includes,

  • Going to a movie (like Bradley Cooper’s new movie The Words) or going to Applebee’s to chat
  • 32nd Annual Chester County Restaurant Festival on Sunday Sep. 16th from 12-5:30
  • The Wharton Esherick Museum in Malvern
  • The Great Pumpkin Carve in Chadds Ford on, Oct. 25th– 27th
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Free Library of Philadelphia for  Author Events or the Philly Book Festival in April
  • Ben Franklin’s Print Shop in Old City, Philadelphia
  • Edgar Allan Poe site on N 7th Street, Philadelphia
  • Milton and the Devil’s Party on Sep. 19th or later dates

Once we threw out a few ideas, I discussed other English and Creative Writing related organizations. One of these is The Blue Route, Widener’s national on-line literary journal. We take submissions from across the country and produce an electronic magazine. For more information, you can take a look at the website, or e-mail Dr. Cocchiarale, Dr. Esch, or myself. The second organization discussed was the Pioneer Review, Widener’s on campus print literary journal that publishes writing from Widener Students and is always looking for more readers. For more information, e-mail Erin Sylvester (Editor-in-Chief) or the group’s faculty adviser’s Dr. Pobo or Ms. Jeannine McKnight.

That was all thus far. Please keep checking your e-mail and the Widener English blog for future information about events, meetings, and comments.

Have a good day,