The Cambridge Creative Writing Club hosted an “Open Mic” event where students could come and read their pieces.
By Cassandra Fiskewold Staff photographer and writer
It takes quite a creative mind to be a creative writer. At the ARCC Cambridge campus there’s a whole club dedicated to them. The best part though has to be the fact that they held an “Open Mic” event in G202 from 12-1:00 p.m. on March 4.
During this event, students had the opportunity to present their own pieces that they had made themselves, get a feel of being on stage and get a grasp of what it is like to perform in front of their peers. The audience was a very well mannered audience, quiet and attentive.
A couple students that braved the stage fright were Alice Golter, Anthony Her, Minda Nelson, and Ben Kietzman.
Minda Nelson read a piece that took place in a fairy tale. When asked what her inspiration was, Nelson responded with “My inspiration would be my passion for fairy tales and the desire to put them into the real world. I wanted to write something that would be classic with a twist. The story formed from there.”
Nelson performed a wonderfully creative piece, without any paper in hand. She hardly seemed like she had any stage fright, and seemed very confident up on stage.
When it comes to performing, students need to remember one thing: Don’t let stage fright get to you. When Alice Golter was asked about how she felt on stage, Golter responded with “Terrified! I’m prone to panic attacks, even just in crowded places like being alone at a mall, so being up in front of even a few peers and faculty made my legs shake. The ironic thing is that when I do get on stage I usually perform fine, even while I’m shaking from head-to-toe. I’m not sure if people could hear my voice quavering or if they thought it was part of the performance.”
Golter proceeded to wrote her piece during her stressful first semester and turned it into poetry.
The most important question that was asked to these students had to have been the “Why did you choose to perform your piece?” It takes a lot of courage to go up on stage and perform in front of your peers. When Ben Kietzman was asked this question, he responded with “I chose the piece because I wanted to participate in open mic and that’s all I had. Animal Slaves was also a great story and I wanted to share it.” Kietzman’s piece was interesting, and creative, and rather enjoyable.
Creative Writing Club sure knows how to have a good time. The students and faculty that attended all enjoyed the event, and it encouraged other students that did not perform to go and write a piece of their own to hopefully perform someday.