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Club aims to nurture writers


Students who are looking to get involved on campus should have no trouble finding a place where they can belong. With clubs and organizations that cater to art, education, politics, and so much more, Jacksonville State University students have an array of optionsto choose from.

The JSU Writers’ Club is included among these options. The purpose of this club is to promote the growth and improvement of its members by encouraging creativity and originality in their writing.

In order to fulfill this goal, the JSU Writers’ Club has weekly meetings where members can read each other’s works and offer
comments and suggestions for further improvement in their writing.

These meetings provide aspiring writers with a warm, supportive atmosphere where they can share their work, an aspect which member Michelle Lowery Combs values the most.
“I think that the Writers’ Club is a good place to share ongoing projects,” says Combs. Michelle recently placed first in the Alabama Writers’ Conclave’s annual writing contest for the best first chapter of a novel. The manuscript that won this award had received feedback multiple times from the JSU Writers’ Club.

“One of the most helpful tools to a writer is feedback,” explains Combs. “A lot of times, it’s hard to get that feedback from family, friends, roommates, and other people that you’re close to, so it’s always helpful to have an objective
opinion about your projects.”

The JSU Writers’ Club is kicking off the fall semester with a new meeting time and location. Due to the growth of the club over the past year, the meetings are now held in the Writing Clinic, located on the second floor of Stone Center,
in room 230.

These meetings are open to all JSU writers and take place every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Faculty adviser Douglas O’Keefe expresses his excitement about the club’s growth and success. O’Keefe says, “I’m glad to see that the club on the rise. This year seems to be off to a really good start.”

The Writers’ Club hosts two major contests each year: The R.U.M. Short Fiction Contest in the fall semester and the R.U.M. Poetry Contest in the spring semester.

The club has made the decision to “go green” this year, so all entries for these contests will now be submitted electronically via email. All students who attend JSU are eligible to enter these contests.

The top three writers will receive cash prizes and plaques, as well as the opportunity to have their writing published in the JSU Writers’ Club’s literary magazine, Something Else.

Submissions for the R.U.M. Short Fiction contest should be turned in by Friday, Oct. 26. Contest guidelines and entry forms can be picked up from Dr. O’Keefe’s office door at room 101 of the Stone Center.

For more information concerning the JSU Writers’ Club or the R.U.M. Short Fiction Contest, contact Dr. O’Keefe at or club president Tiffani Foster at

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