Stephanie Zedolik//The Crown
Stephanie Zedolik//The Crown

We read them in books, we experience them in movie theaters, we see them acted out live on stage in theatres and we exchange them among friends, family, and sometimes even complete strangers.

Our lives revolve around telling stories, and although not everyone chooses to put them down on paper and write, everyone loves a good story. The Campion Society is a group on campus that focuses on the refinement of writing skills through various workshops and the sharing of each other’s works during their open mic nights.

Sarah Gyle, a junior English literature major with a minor in creative writing, is vice-president of the Campion Society. She explains that though the organization is listed as King’s Literary Club, it focuses more on writing than reading.

“Our mission is to provide King’s students who are passionate about their creative writing,” Gyle said. “We offer them an environment to share their work, improve their skills and even expose them to students who feel very much the same.”

Though the group is centered on creative writing, students do not have to be an English major or creative writing minor in order to join. It is open to all majors as long as students have a love of writing, and all genres of stories and poems are welcomed.

Gyle assures that it is a friendly and open atmosphere.

“Anyone is welcome,” Gyle said. “In creative writing, exposure and having people to read your work is everything. That’s where Campion comes in. We also host writing workshops to help people get started.”

These workshops are only half of what this society actually does. Each of the workshops has a specific theme: poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. However, they also offer Open Mic nights throughout the semester in order to let authors and writers share their work with their peers and the Wilkes-Barre community. These events are open to anyone, student or not, and if a student attends they are not required to read anything. They can simply sit back and enjoy the work of their fellow classmates.

“You might have seen my thousands of emails about Open Mic Night,” Gyle joked. “Those are among our most popular events. The Writing Workshops are meant to lay down the foundations for new works, to help brainstorm, or to help kick start a student.”

The society understands that it could also be hard to make such events for those who don’t live on campus or have hectic schedules. To accommodate these students, Campion Society has a Moodle page online, and all members theme: poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. However, they also offer Open Mic nights throughout the semester in order to let authors and writers share their work with their peers and the Wilkes-Barre community. These events are open to anyone, student or not, and if a student attends they are not required to read anything. They can simply sit back and enjoy the work of their fellow classmates.

“You might have seen my thousands of emails about Open Mic Night,” Gyle joked. “Those are among our most popular events. The Writing Workshops are meant to lay down the foundations for new works, to help brainstorm, or to help kick start a student.”

The society understands that it could also be hard to make such events for those who don’t live on campus or have hectic schedules. To accommodate these students, Campion Society has a Moodle page online, and all members are automatically given access to the page. A lot of information from the workshops, as well as an option for a peer editing writing group, is available in order to help even the busiest student polish their writing.

Even though these writers serve the community by sharing their work, they also take part in many different service projects. They’re working on collaborating with the SCOP, King’s College’s student-run literary and art magazine, for a special Earth Day project, as well as working with Caring Alternatives, a variant of the Volunteers of America.

Gyle encourages students to check out one of Campion’s student-run writing workshops or open mic nights.

“If creative writing is something you love, no matter what you consider your skill level to be, Campion Society is a club for you,” Gyle urges. “It doesn’t matter what your major is or how often you write, we welcome any and all who are passionate about their writing. And hey, if you think that Campion isn’t for you, we won’t hold you hostage. You can email one of us at any time and let us know that you’re no longer interested.”

If anyone is interested in joining they may email Sarah Gyle at sarahgyle@kings.edu. They may also show up to any of the workshops or open mic nights and express their interest to one of the members or hosts.