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January 14, 2020, by Agnes

10 Societies for Creatives

A new term is upon us and, along with the start of the new decade, it’s a great opportunity to try something new! Whether you’ve put your creative hobbies aside to focus on your degree or whether you have never considered yourself a creative, studies show that creative hobbies outside of your work considerably boost your performance. The more disconnected from your studies, the more effective. Thankfully, a quick scroll through the University of Nottingham Students’ Union Societies page shows that we have no shortage of options to choose from and I’m certain everyone can find something that piques their interest. 

1. ArtSoc 

Doodling in the margins of your notes? Maybe it’s time for an artistic outlet! In ArtSoc you will find anything from life drawing classes to watercolour practice to chill drink-and-draw sessions at Mooch. What’s not to love?

2. Film-Making

If you’ve wondered about the process of creating a film from scratch or have been looking for short projects to pursue alongside your degree, consider Film-Making society! You get a low-pressure creative outlet and a learning opportunity all in one.

3. PhotoSoc

As a member of PhotoSoc, you can improve your photography skills, create some cool art and express yourself creatively. And if that alone doesn’t convince you, you gain access to the darkroom in Portland building where you can learn to develop your own photos!

4. Knit-a-Soc

Knitting has proven to be a great stress reliever and has the same benefits as meditation. Not only that, but it gives you a sense of pride as you improve and work on increasingly elaborate projects! 

5. Creative Writing

Creative Society is the place to be if you’re looking for inspiration or feedback for your writing. With weekly meetings and numerous opportunities to get your work showcased through their magazine, podcast or blog it’s a great chance to share your work with the world.

6. Poetry and Spoken Word

Want to try your hand at poetry? Or maybe you already have a notebook filled with poems and you’re ready to share them? With the Poetry and Spoken Word society, you have the opportunity to attend open mic nights, writing workshops and take part in poetry competitions!

7. Song Writing Society

Your songs deserve to be heard! Songwriting society offers you the chance to take part in chill jam sessions, open mic nights in the city or even record your own songs professionally and have them showcased on the society’s SoundCloud!

8. Comedy Society

Whether you’re looking to try your hand at stand up comedy or live sketches, the comedy society is where you want to be. With weekly comedy workshops and opportunities to get involved with all levels of production of the shows, it’s perfect for comedy fans and comedians alike.

9. Improv Society

Into performance but not into learning lines? Try improv! In Improv Society you can boost your confidence and learn a new skill in a friendly, low-pressure environment.

10. Cocktail and Flair Bartending Society

Yes, you read that right. If the other societies don’t really sound like you – this one is sure to interest you. Attend mixologies, learn cool party tricks and boost your employability skills. And once you’ve got the basics down, get creative!

And here you have it; 10 societies for creatives! I hope you feel inspired to take up a new creative hobby and join one of our amazing societies.

Happy New Year!

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