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Creative Claws

Cowley College encourages students to develop their creative writing skills as a form of self-expression and a means of communicating emotions, ideas, history, and perception of the world and the human condition.

Creative Claws is an avenue for writers at the college to showcase their works through Writers' Corner and Mile Marker Review.

The club has grown as the creative writing program has grown, and now the club also sponsors events, contests, and Mile Marker Review, an online journal.

Club Meetings
Creative Claws meets at 2:30 pm in BC137 on a couple of Wednesdays a month. Contact a sponsor or officer for more information.
Club activities are also held at the Mulvane Campus.

View the events page for meeting dates.

Creative Claws Events
Film Night: September 12, 7:00 pm, Wright Room
Writers' Corner: November 14, 7:00 pm, Band Room
Life: Through Word and Lens: December 5, 6:30 pm,  Wright Room
Film Contest Screening: March 31, 7:00 pm, Wright Room
Writers' Corner: May 1, 7:00 pm, Band Room
Life: Through Word and Lens: May 8, 6:30 pm,  Wright Room

Mile Marker Review - online journal of literature and artmmr
The Creative Writing Program at Cowley College published its fourth issue of Mile Marker Review, an online journal of literature and art.
The journal is ready to start accepting submissions and aims to showcase the creative talents of the Cowley family in poetry, short fiction, art, and photography.
read more

Officers - Ark City Campus:
Rachel Bouchard: Co-President
Corey Rothwell: Co-President
Alecia Henson: Vice President

Marlys Cervantes: Department Chair, Humanities; email:, phone: 620.441.5560
Ryan Doom: Humanities Instructor, email:, phone: 620.441.5306

Mulvane Sponsor:

Debra Dockter: Adjunct Instructor, email:

Writers' Corner is a time and place for students to showcase their creative writing talent. They are held throughout the year and provide students with the opportunity to present their works to an audience. The variety of works and audience reception have been wonderful.   As another avenue to showcase works, the creative writing classes at the College combine with communications, graphic design, and photography to have a reception each semester. Students create a portfolio of their words. At this reception, the community, staff, faculty and students are invited to come review the works of the students.
As part of Arts Day, high school creative writing students enter their portfolio in the Creative Writing Prodigy Awards competition. The portfolio includes five creative writing pieces that show the range of writing talents, including short stories, poetry and song lyrics. The winner of the Creative Writing Prodigy Awards competition could receive a full tuition and books scholarship.   Scholarships are available for Creative Writing students. A student could be awarded a scholarship based on personal interviews, creative writing talents and academic achievements.
Click here for additonal information about the creative writing scholarship.

"For in writing we live life twice: once in the experience, and again in recording and reflecting upon our experience."
Christina Baldwin, Storycatcher

“Words cannot be killed. Thoughts cannot be silenced. Identity, ultimately, cannot be suppressed.”
Jace Weaver, Literary Critic

  We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
Ray Bradbury
, Writer

"Until then, I had felt as if I had been born into a raging ocean where I swam relentlessly….Never solid ground beneath me, never a resting place. I had lived with only the desperate hope to stay afloat….But when at last I wrote my first words on the page, I felt an island rising beneath my feet like the back of a whale. As more and more words emerged, I could finally rest: I had a place to stand for the first time in my life."
Jimmy Santiago Baca, A Place to Stand

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