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English at MU seeks new club members, readers

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — One way to get involved and make friends in college is to join a club.

English at MU, or "EMU," is just one option, and you don't have to be an English major to join.

One of the goals of the club is to "bring kids together that share an interest in the creative culture," said Kyle Burton, the editor in chief of EPIC, a magazine that English at MU publishes..

EPIC is the club's spring project. Produced entirely by undergraduates, it contains fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, art and photographs. The magazine's 500 free copies are distributed around campus.

Burton described it as "a forum for the creative community to showcase themselves."

The magazine needs readers as well as contributors. 

Volunteer readers review submissions and look for well-developed stories with "clean" editing, emotional, intellectual and psychological complexity, or something purposely devoid of the previous criteria.

There are also leadership positions — president, vice president and publicity chairs. Burton said the club is also hoping to get new members who know how to use InDesign to produce the magazine. 

During the first half of the year, the club organizes social events, workshops, and community service opportunities. The club meets biweekly to plan the upcoming events.

The level of activity depends on the number of members willing to commit and organize. The social aspects of the club depend on what the group makes of it, leaving the club "malleable" to allow everyone to do something they want, Burton said.

The club attends readings in Columbia, organizes workshops for the writers and holds networking events such as "Pizza with the Profs." Every year, the club meets at Cooper's Landing on the Missouri River to bond and eat together.

"Spoken Word" is a yearly reading event that draws about 40 people to listen to members and other writers read excerpts from their poems or stories.

The club also completes service projects during the year, such as volunteering at the Columbia Boys and Girls Club and running food drives.

There are no dues, and you only have to commit the time you want to spend with the club.

For more information, visit EMU's website.


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