I know the academic stance on writing. (read 100 books, write one.) and (good readers are good writers) but are there any extracurricular opportunities for writers?
— Asked by Anonymous
Plenty! In addition to the work you’ll be doing in classes, there are extracurricular groups such as:
- The Bennington Free Press, our alternative student newspaper which is currently in the process of securing online publication in addition to its long-running print edition (watch this space for more updates).
- The Silo, which is a student journal of arts and letters that strictly publishes current work by Bennington students. This can be any type of work - visual arts, sciences, and plenty of fiction/nonfiction/poetry. You can view the Silo online here to get an idea of what’s usually published.
- Plain China - a national anthology of undergraduate writing curated by Bennington students and professors. As their website puts it, “the work of undergraduates has often been featured only in their respective institutions; with this anthology we want to honor and connect young writers and artists, and to create a collective narrative reflective of and relevant to the undergraduate writing experience.” The Plain China website is here.
- Tea and Fantasy, a (rather self-explanatory) club dedicated to the appreciation of tea and sci-fi fantasy. The club meets on weekends and combines discussions of current fantasy lit and (I believe) workshops of material written by club members.
In addition to these clubs, there are always opportunities to form clubs of your own through the Office of Student Life, as well as less-formalized extracurricular activities, like open workshops for student fiction, or poetry readings in your common room. Hope this helps!