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Date Span: ca. 1988-2003
Extent: 1 cubic foot
Organizational Sketch: The Creative Writing Club was started in 1992 by Dr. Brenda Ameter and Fred Feagin, both English professors at the Troy State University Dothan Campus. Dr. Ameter held the meetings in her home on a monthly basis and encouraged students and non-students alike to attend. Only students could be elected as officers. The club also started an annual literary collection called Copper Blade Review.
The "Copper" stand for "Wire" and "Blade" stand for "Grass"--an interpretation of the Wiregrass, the area from which the creative writings were generally collected. The name was suggested by John Corbin at a meeting of the CWC when the club first considered publishing a literary collection. Every fund raising effort from Book and Bake Sales to proceeds from CBR book sales went back into the CWC.
Approx. 1995, Dr. Ameter and others incorporated Copper Blade, Inc as a non-profit so they could publish the book, sell it and have a non-profit number and status. There have been 9 editions, (1995 – 2004), with 2004 being the last issue. Sue Riddle Cronkite was the publisher/editor, followed by Chris Bryant.
Following the retirement of Dr. Ameter and Mr. Feagin, the roles of faculty included Dr. Marty Olliff, Chris Bryant, Dr. James Ortego, and Jason Griggs. The club revived in 2012.
Scope / Content: Contains the Creative Writing Club's money-making projects, correspondence workshop minutes, Newsletters, meeting minutes, announcements, retreats, conferences, contests, competitions, membership rosters, charters, presidents' responsibilities, donations for campus swings, newsletters from fellow creative writing clubs, various publications, and financial records, as well as the newsletters, submissions, editing copies, finished publication copies, guidelines for submission, grant applications, applications for an ISSN number(serial number for publications), invoices, finances and various tax documents for the club's journal, The Copper Blade Review.
Organization: Organized into two series: 1. Creative Writing Club Business Files; 2. Copper Blade Review.
Processing: Received as vaguely labeled/unlabeled files and loose papers. Order imposed by AWHC processing staff.
Access/User Limits? Open
Series 1: Creative Writing Club Business Files, 1988-2003, 31 File Folders. Documents the meetings, finances, and other business of the club.
Creative Writing Club - Request form: Student Organization Money-Making Project, 1997-98
CWC - Correspondence 1997-2002
Publications - DO South, Jan. 1997, Vol.2, No. 10
Publications - AlabamaArts & First Draft, 2001
Creative Writing Club - Workshop 10/27/01
CWC - Meeting Minutes & Announcements, 1996-98
CWC - Newsletters, 1996-99
CWC - Newsletters 2001-02
Pillar Talk - Enterprise State Junior College Creative Writing Newsletter, 1997
CWC - Conferences, 1996-2002
CWC - Contest & Competitions, 1997-2001
Creative Writing Club - Writing in the Woods, Writers' Retreat, 8/28/99
CWC - Membership Rosters
CWC - Publication Info
CWC - "Charter"
CWC - Responsibilities of the President
Creative Writing Club - Donations for Swings, 1999
Creative Writing Club - 2003 Funds & Expenses
CWC - Account Statements 2001-02
CWC - Account Statements, 2000
CWC - Account Statements, 1999
CWC - Account Statements, 1998
CWC - Account Statements, 1997
CWC - Account Statements, 1996
CWC - Account Statements, 1995
CWC - Account Statements, 1994
CWC - Account Statements, 1993
CWC - Account Statements, 1992
The CWC Raven, Experimental Journal for TSUD's Creative Writing Club, 2002
A Primer on the Mechanics of Poetry
Series 2: Copper Blade Review, 1994-2003, 28 File Folders. Copies of the Review and its predecessor, submissions, business papers for the Review as a tax-exempt organization.
Live Cacophony - TSUD's Literary Magazine, Summer 1988
Copper Blade Review - Vol. 1, 1994
Copper Blade Review - Vol. 2, 1996 - Autographed Copy
Copper Blade Review - Vol. 3, 1997
Copper Blade Review - Vol. 4, 1998
Copper Blade Review - Vol. 5, 2000 - Autographed Copy
Copper Blade Review - Vol. 6, 2001
Copper Blade Review - Vol. 6, 2001 - editing copy
Copper Blade Review - Vol. 7, 2002
Copper Blade Review - Vol. 7, 2002 - editing copy
Copper Blade Review - Submissions, 1992-98
Copper Blade Review - Submissions, 2001
Copper Blade Review - Submissions, 2002
Copper Blade Review - Submissions, 2002-03
Copper Blade Review - Miscellaneous submissions
Copper Blade Review - Newsletters, 1996-99
Copper Blade Review Announcements, 1997-98
Copper Blade Review - Tax Forms, 1995
Copper Blade Review - Employer Identification Number (EIN) & Power of Attorney, 1995
Copper Blade Review - Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax…, 1998
Copper Blade Review - Support Schedule for Advance Ruling Period, 1999-2000
Copper Blade Review - Modification to 1995 tax exemption, 2000
Copper Blade Review - establish ISSN number, 1997
Copper Blade Review - Grant Applications, 1997-98/98-99
Copper Blade Review - Houston Printing Company, Inc., 1997-2000
Copper Blade Review - CBR Invoices, 1998
Copper Blade Review - Guidelines for submissions & the selection of editors revised 1999
2001 Copper Blade Expenditures
Clip Art for Copper Blade Review