Overview of Writers’ Circle
A group of students encased in silence on a Monday morning, a small classroom seemingly magnified, as students’ thoughts drift and scatter as they float along the mechanically generated breeze from the fan hovering above.
This is a sight you might be greeted by if you walk by the T2 classrooms on our late start day.
Unsure glances thrown across the room when one-sided speech is punctuated with a question, eventual chuckles at the laughable stale atmosphere when a sigh breaks across the room when no one answers, smiles still hanging on their faces.
This is what the Writers’ Circle could be.
But then a note pokes at the atmosphere, and a melody – the answer, plays out in piano. Another hand joins the voice at the keys, and it inspires an orchestra, and eventually the concert piece is crafted, building along a crescendo as each writer’s thoughts are prompted and spilled, reaching a rallentando as the ideas come together, linked and inked.
This is Writers’ Circle.
Is there something about your CCA you and your fellow members think most people are unaware of that you feel needs to be shared to them?
Fiction Narrative. This is what comes to mind when one hears “Writers’ Circle”, but it is not what we are limited to! The CCA actually consists of two different wings – the VPress and Creative Writing wings. Whilst the Creative Writing wing does fall into the stereotype, the VPress wing covers more factual writing, with journalism as their focus!
How often do you have your trainings?
CCA sessions are held every Monday, from 7.40 to 8.40. For the creative wing, members are often tasked to submit writing pieces periodically so that everyone can have a chance to receive feedback on their writing and improve! For VPress, we have our own news site, thevictorianpress.com, where the chief editor will publish our members’ articles on. Members have free reign over what topics they want to write about. They can be movie reviews, an interview series, opinions regarding current affairs…anything really! As long as it isn’t offensive, obscene or hurtful, all writing is encouraged! We also regularly cover school events like concerts and matches and at the start of every year, members sign up to cover these events in groups.
Would you like to give us a glimpse of what trainings are usually like?
Each session, writers are given the opportunity to share and bounce ideas off each other in a conference-like environment, where everyone is free to share about their personal writing experience, or even one of their works. Some sessions also include info sharing – mainly on writing techniques, and members may also volunteer to conduct a sharing of their own! In VPress sessions, first we have a current affairs sharing which can turn out to be really helpful for the General Paper. Then, we discuss journalism tactics before breaking up into groups and planning our next articles.
Any additional information to take note of?
Many feel like it is a big sacrifice to come to school early on a late-start day. However, it really takes a weight off our shoulders as we do not have to stay back on any other days and can instead focus on writing outside CCA, while maintaining deadlines!
More about Writers’ Circle
Why did you choose to join this CCA?
I chose this CCA, because I believed that as the name of the CCA itself suggests, this was about the gathering of writers from various backgrounds and expertise so that we could pick up new skills from each other!
What would you consider to be the highlight of your CCA journey thus far?
A highlight would definitely be our gradual move from the previous CCA sessions structure, as I got to make what I had initially envisioned the CCA to be a reality. This also made the sessions feel safer, as more people are opening up during CCA now, which I am really proud of! ☺
Noteworthy CCA milestones in the past year:
- All-In Writers’ Festival
- Western stall article that brought back alumni from 32 batches to VJ!
- #AllAboutMyCCA initiative to welcome J1s into VJ and help them make an informed decision!
What about the CCA culture? What’s it like?
The easy-going and overall chill vibes of the CCA sessions are I think is, the most charming part about the CCA. No member is expected to come in being the best writer, or already having established their style of writing, there are members who are still trying to figure things out, and there are members stuck in a rut, but everyone is there to offer feedback to one another. We are united by our common fascination with the craft of writing, which I think is the most comforting feeling during CCA sessions.
In a Nutshell
To the incoming batch of juniors who will be busy pondering over the issue of CCA selection, what words would you give to those who may be keen on entering your CCA family?
Many associate writers to the word ‘introvert’, and view us as people who work better alone. This may be true generally, but there are different types of writers, and we’ve got them all here! So, if you are unsure, or think you’re too shy to be part of such an interactive CCA, you don’t have to worry, as it’s really just an open forum, even if you do not have enough confidence to contribute to the discussion initially, that shouldn’t stop you from listening in and perhaps learning something new!
Lim Ying Ying, 17S33
Niyanta Chowdhury, 17S46