Pen to paper brings writers together



The 2018-2019 Pen to Paper group poses for a group photo.

Pen to Paper is an after school club that provides writers a peaceful place to make and share their stories and poems.   

“For a lot of students, writing isn’t just about self-expression, but self-exploration, where they learn about themselves and grow through writing,” sponsor and English teacher Brian Keathley said. 

Club president, senior Johnna Sutton, makes sure that everyone has something to write about when they don’t have any ideas by providing writing prompts. 

“The first story I wrote inside of the writing club, was a piece named “No Discovery,” which is about a girl who loses her mother to a space shuttle accident, and proceeds to make a better life for herself and join the top scientists at the space station, inspired by the dark image of her withdrawn father,” New member sophomore Nasiah Clements said. 

Participants are also allowed to bring their own earbuds or headphones, so they can choose the music that works best with them. 

“Alternative, indie, and classical music make my writing more productive, because the lyrics to indie songs tend to be more meaningful or tell a story, which inspires me to create stories that are more realistic, as opposed to my normal fantasy and science fiction type of writing, which is usually inspired by classical and alternative music,” Clements said. 

Most people that take up writing as a hobby have enjoyed it since a young age. 

“I’ve been writing since I was little, so like four to five,” Sutton said. 

Just because someone has not been writing as a kid does not mean that they will be bad. Anyone can do it if they want, and that is the fun of writing.

“Just go for it and see what happens,” Keathley said. “Don’t impose any expectations on yourself. Don’t worry about grammar and editing at first, just get your ideas down on paper or on a google doc. You can always polish it later.” 

The club often reads pieces at the art department’s event Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for hunger in the Broken Arrow community. They also have a poetry reading in the spring, usually in April, since that is National Poetry Month. 

The club meets every Thursday in room D202. All students are welcome.

“Join if you want, don’t if you don’t, we have room,” Sutton said.