As Smart Girls, a lot of us love to write, either fiction or as a journalistic hobby. But how, exactly, do you use that as a resume builder? How can you get involved with writing? We’ve come up with some extracurricular activities for our aspiring writers!
Book Club– Being part of a book club means choosing a book to read each month, then joining together with fellow literature enthusiasts to discuss characters, themes and plot. If you write fiction, you could do this from a writer’s point of view and analyze what worked and what didn’t. What made the book authentic? What made the writing flow? Explore these and other discussion questions at your next club meeting!
Literature Society– At my college, the literature society discussed different genres each week, hosted talks with authors, traded favorite books, organized trips to literature festivals and even held writing sessions during Nanowrimo. This would be awesome for you, Aspiring Writer, to get involved in, too! Don’t have a literature society at your school? Why not start one?!
College Newspaper– Writing for your college newspaper will teach you the basic skills needed for journalism– how to pitch an article, for example. You will get to practice your writing and it will give you the experience you need to get that dream magazine internship. Bonus points: editing for college newspapers gives you great contacts around the university via interviewing important administrators, awesome experience and knowledge with the AP Style Guide and some experience working with different computer software that produces the actual paper. Talk about an awesome new skill set!
University Radio Show– Believe it or not, working for radio is another way to practice your writing. This involves interviewing people and covering stories. The only difference is that your audience listens to what you have prepared instead of reading it. This is another great way to learn how to tell a story and engage an audience. Plus, who knows? Maybe you’ll discover a new kind of journalism you’re in love with.
Debate Team– There is nothing better than joining the debate team to get a passionate, friendly argument going. Sharing and defending your point of view with others is a sure way to give yourself ideas about what you want to write about. Is there a topic you discussed that makes you feel excited? Angry? Write about it. You could even cover each debate for the college paper. Being able to understand the perspective of others and to write from different viewpoints is essential for a serious writer.
Theatre– This could be an extracurricular at college or you could volunteer at your local theatre group. Acting out your favorite plays could be a fun or creative experience. Or, if this isn’t your sort of thing, you could get involved in the creation of the play, script writing or making props.
Blogging– Blogging counts as an extracurricular and helps you shape your own personal writing voice. It looks great on a CV or resume and allows you to get feedback and an emotional response to your writing. Blogging can include anything from writing about and reviewing your favorite make up to posting different chapters to a novel you’re working on! The best part of blogging is that it can be anything you want. It’s a super bonus that blogging also gives you experience with monitoring traffic and working with content management systems, which are both crucial skills for the aspiring editor.