Many people would imagine that writing is a solitary act, which is generally true. Writers make use of developing our personal voice, not just to find our writing styles, but to also improve our own writing in the process. That being said, something that I’ve always enjoyed is sharing my writing with the people around me. To develop upon that, The Victorian Press, together with Catholic Junior College’s Editorial Club, organised an event to share our experiences as writers in our very first collaboration.
The two writing societies were involved in an afternoon’s worth of sharing and bonding sessions, with both sides sharing our club’s daily activities and articles, including the different variety of articles that The Victorian Press publishes, including various columns, opinion as well as feature articles. The two clubs also shared different quick tips on how to improve writing pieces.
Perhaps the most surprising part of the day for me was how much we could learn from each other. Unlike The Victorian Press, CJC’s Editorial Club focuses on event articles, as they primarily function as a newsletter to the entire school population. As a result, they specialise on writing event articles, that inform the school on recent happenings that are relevant to them. As event articles are only one form of writing that we produce at The Victorian Press, we would naturally have less experience compared to the writers at the Editorial Club. Regardless, we learnt that the writers from CJC had a much better understanding of how to write a convincing, attractive and telling event article.
Meanwhile, two members of our own Executive Committee, Chloe and Victoria, gave simple tips on how to write convincing opinion articles to the editorial club of CJC, such as guides to developing one’s own personal voice, as well as developing a more natural approach to showcasing one’s argument in such an article. As both sides have relatively low experience with each other’s areas of expertise, this was one of the most beneficial parts of the entire sharing session, and we learnt much just from this one afternoon.
Personally, one of my favourite parts of the entire sharing session was simply meeting other writers. As said in the introduction of this article, I’ve always thought writing was a solitary act, with writer’s not interfering with each other’s writing style, in fear of negatively affecting them. Conversing with others who share the hobby of writing really opened my horizons on what different people write about, and more importantly write for.
Ending the event, the CJC students took us on a tour of their campus, showing us the classrooms as well as the various amenities their school had, and treated us to free drinks (Thanks CJ!). What stuck me most perhaps was how many similarities we shared, even though we had very little in common on the surface.
With that came the end of our first collaboration with the editorial club of CJC. Although it was definitely a short session, with only an afternoon’s worth of interaction, it was very eye-opening, and I think most of us grew a lot as a writer that day.
Jarod Zulkifly Yikai, 16A11