“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook
Regardless of what we’re studying, we all have the ability to be creative in some way or another, even if it means drawing an incredibly abstract looking stick figure. I Am Rutgers sat down with a few of the Executive Board members of RU Scribblers, an organization dedicated to the artists and writers of Rutgers University. The Scribblers shared their club’s purpose, aspirations and future plans.
Complete with a new website, RU Scribblers is hoping to generate increased club membership:
The Scribblers is a new organization for writers and artists. Inspired by the Inklings (a literary group whose members included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis) and the development team of ScribbleHack.com, we aim to provide a place for craftsmen of varying skills to share their work, get feedback, and work together on projects.”
Established only two years ago, RU Scribblers continues to work on developing project ideas, allowing the club to be very flexible in terms of how meetings are run and future club activities are planned. The Scribblers are currently in the developing stages of creating a magazine that would feature various pieces of art and writing to help both incoming and current Rutgers students, called the Rutgers Survival Guide. The project will inevitably require a lot of submissions from students and they would like to encourage anyone to submit once the magazine is up and running. The guidelines are fairly simple and they are looking for photography, drawings, pieces of writing, mixed media etc.
Shereen Bellamy, treasurer of RU Scribblers, explained a unique annual club event, called Creativity Week:
Apart from the trips that we plan, we have Creativity Week, which is an opportunity for people within the club or other artists and writers that want to exhibit their work. Last spring we rented out the Red Lion Café and we had people post their work and we also had free food at the event.”
However, she also noted that as a member of the club, you would not be pressured to publish any of your work. The club’s meetings are very flexible and attendance and membership fluctuates, varying week to week. For the most part, the structure of the meetings are left up to those who attend them. Sometimes there are workshops, where an artist displays or reads his or her piece and other members critique it. Collaboration on pieces of art and writing are also encouraged within the club.
Chris, secretary of RU Scribblers, and Shereen are both passionate about not only creativity, but helping others with their personal aspirations as well.
Chris’ favorite part about being in the Scribblers club is “hearing and seeing what everyone else comes up with and being able to maybe give them a bit of help with it. It sounds really cheesy when I actually say it, but there are a lot of people out there who make some really interesting stuff and you never realize until you actually talk to them that there was a process behind this. This took thought. This took time. This wasn’t like ‘I had a sudden strike of inspiration and now it’s all done.’ You realize it when you’re working on your own stuff, but not necessarily when you look at other people’s stuff. So being able to have a part of their process was really interesting.”
The Scribblers hope to expand and develop into an organization that has a positive affect on its members and enable them to be as creative as they can be. Their general meetings take place every Wednesday at 9:15pm in Murray Hall on College Avenue (across the street from Scott Hall) in room 113. You can email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org and like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1414390438777197/
By Tatianna Amatruda