Explore Your Creativity in a New Environment

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Celia Mendoza, Staff Writer

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“Reimagine your own artistry,” says Mr. Duffie, Writer’s Club supervisor, and poet and musician himself. This goes for everyone, not just writers. Though it is called a writing retreat, it is a safe place for any artist – be that of visual arts, photography, music, and much more – to explore their own creativity.

This year’s retreat took place on Friday, October 28th, from 5-10 pm in the media center. In the first two  and a half hours, Ashlyn Rowell, a student at GVSU, taught a workshop on horror and suspenseful writing, with the option to work in any genre as well. These workshops are very inclusive, and never limited to just one genre, though that may be one main focus. Even so, no matter what genre you write in, the retreat is a great place to collaborate with other budding poets, painters, and any artist there.

Through that collaboration, there is a chance to see many different styles and interpretations of the prompts given and how each individual executes his/her art. It is a place to “overcome challenges to the understanding of the world around them,”  Mr. Duffie puts it.

Although the writing retreat is a great place to channel your creative energy, that’s not the only time to explore your artistic abilities. Come down to West 27 on Thursdays after school until 4 to enjoy a  laid-back hour for writing and sharing any works of art. If you have your mind set on the retreat though, the schedule for one in the spring is in the making

Whether you’re a writer or not, the retreat is always a welcoming place to explore your creativity. As Mr. Duffie will tell you, “Come with no expectations of yourself, except to push yourself further as an artist.” Step out of your comfort zone and discover yourself at FHN’s writing retreats.   

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