About 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.

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Club Meetings

Creative Claws meets a couple of times a month. Contact a sponsor or officer for more information. Club activities are also held at the Mulvane Campus.

Creative Claws Events

  • Film Night
  • Writers' Corner
  • Film Contest Screening
  • Talent Show
  • Life: Through Word and Lens

Mile Marker Review - online journal of literature and art
The Creative Writing Program at Cowley College publishes Mile Marker Review, an online journal of literature and art. Students in the program are active in all facets of publication. The journal accepts submissions to showcase the creative talents of the Cowley family in poetry, short fiction, art, and photography.



Writers' Corner

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.

Life: Through Words and Lens

Student Showcase

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.>

Creative Writing Prodigy Awards

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.

Creative Writing Scholarships

Scholarships are available for Creative Writing students. A student could be awarded a scholarship based on personal interviews, creative writing talents and academic achievements.


Ark City Campus:

Abigail Green
Humanities Instructor
Email: abigail.green@cowley.edu
Phone: 620-441-5254

Mulvane Center:

Ryan Doom
Humanities Instructor
Email: ryan.doom@cowley.edu
Phone: 620-441-5306

Words of Inspiration

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