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During lunch on Friday, Oct. 13, the first official meeting date for Houston Christian’s Magnum Opus club occurred. Magnum Opus is the arts and literary magazine published annually by HC, and students make everything in it.
It features a variety of both art and writing. Some pieces of writing include (but are not limited to) poems, essays, letters to famous authors, and short stories, while the art includes drawings, photographs, and even links to student-made videos! Magnum Opus is a smorgasbord of visual and literary creativity.
The two women in charge of Magnum Opus are librarian Mrs. Bailey and English teacher Mrs. Mankin, new art teacher Ms. Allen and marketing director Ms. Butts will also be helping out with the magazine.
The student members of Magnum Opus play a large role in its development, organization, and publication. The club is split into two groups: writing and art. Those on the writing staff edit the writing pieces submitted to the group, and decide which ones to place in the magazine. They also decide on the school-wide creative writing prompts, which give all students a chance to contribute to the magazine. Additionally, the students in charge of the art pair the art pieces with each piece of writing.
Each year, the magazine has a different theme, which is discussed and voted upon by the group. Last year, the theme was “Spectrum,” which focused on colors and the roles they play in our lives. The theme for this year has not been decided yet, but brainstorming ideas is always fun!
As a member of Magnum Opus staff for the past two years, I can say it has given me great opportunities to learn more about writing. Reading and writing are both things I greatly enjoy and want to continue to pursue. Additionally, I am not involved in visual arts, but watching the art and writing get paired together is so cool!