CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7 p.m. on Nov. 28, a group of Austin Peay State University students will showcase their creative writing skills as dramatists with the inaugural Playfest event at the Roxy Regional Theater. The evening will feature eight plays, around 10 minutes each, by student members of the APSU Creative Writing Club (CWC).
“The plays are novice in nature, but I think that’s quite refreshing,” club member Renee Ramsey said. “There’s a certain beauty that comes with the amateur level, and we guarantee you’ll see something you’ve never seen before.”
The CWC is using the event to both give its members an outlet for their work and to raise money for future activities. APSU students organized the club two years ago to provide the campus’ creative individuals, regardless of their major, with an opportunity to workshop their writing. Ramsey said they want to raise money to expand the club’s offerings.
“We talked about doing a literary road trip, but we have to have money to do that,” she said. “We want to build up funds.”
Most of the club members are fiction writers and poets, but they decided to break out of their comfort zones for this fundraiser. The students wrote and submitted short plays, and the club members picked only those that could be performed informally as a reader’s theater.
“We’re acting in each other’s plays, and we’ll have our scripts in front of us,” Ramsey said. “We’re focusing on dialogue and writing rather than props and stuff.”
Tickets are only $5, and they can be purchased Nov. 19, Nov. 26 and Nov. 27 in the Morgan University Center lobby. For more information on the CWC or Playfest, contact Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.