Solo, Monday, August 13 2018.
English Letters students 2015 IAIN Surakarta went to Solopos, Monday, August 13th
to attend a workshop with a theme, Creative Digital Writing. The workshop was held in order to push
the students especially the English Letters in their senior year to publish an essay or at least to
grow their intention in writing an essay or expressing themselves regarding to recent hot
The workshop had three sessions with three different mentors that guide the students
in order to make a final essay to be published. In the end, there will be a compilation book as
the final project. Mr. Udi as the head of LPJS (Lembaga Pelatihan Jurnalistik Solopos)
already ordered the students to finish their essays in ten days.
The first session, Setyaningsih, as the speaker, brought up ‘Creativity Process in
Writing an Essay’ as the theme. She took the session into a question and answer session
which ushered a relaxing atmosphere to disscuss about creative writing related topics. She
highlighted that themes are there in front of everyone to wrap and write.
Where should we get a great idea? There were three points in growing the creativity
in writing an essay based on Setyaningsih’s explanation. The three points are expanding,
finding and diction. The first point is expanding. According to Setyaningsih, the main point
in having a good essay was to expand one’s writing by aligning a theme with seemingly
unrelated things to make them related. Finding, writing an essay or writing something was
not something falling down from the heaven by itself, it needed process and practice.
Essayists have to find a connection with other people that understand about how to do essay
writing, how to manage and articulate opinions and arguments. Doing so will lead the
essayists to open a gate wider from your point of view wider to expand your writing. The
last, diction, a good essayist was someone who could find their own style and diction in
writing an essay. Gondrong, Subuh and even Wayang could be a good essay to write about
and we could still make a little critique regarding to that theme. If we took a little example
from this session, the small thing around us could be a good theme; from expanding the little
thing and it could be great if we wrote it in our own style and diction. In particular, based on
Setyaningsih’s explanation in the first session, writing an essay is not a hard activity to do for
a writer. If ones are not afraid to be a little wild and might be doing it over the line when
writing something, writing skills will improve by themselves.
Second session was delivered by Ayu Prawitasari who explained about ‘creating
outline and finding the data’. Different from Setyaningsih, Ayu’s session was more intense in
discussing the definition and the outline itself with a little less question and answer. Based on
Ayu’s explanation, in writing an essay, there were three processes of making an outline
namely interview, observation, and literature study. To make a good essay the students
should pay attention on these three points moreover on literature study. In this session Ayu
brought the students to plan their idea well before execution. She added little information
about visualization. She said that visualization could draw student’s interests in reading an
In the last session, the students met Ichwan Prasetyo that talked about ‘Pouring an
idea into words’ which led to his explanation about a writer that should be braver to free
themselves in order to make a good essay. Different from the previous speaker, Ichwan said
that not every writer needed an outline and not every writer can write an essay using an
outline. “Freeing oneself is important...” he said. A writer needs to optimize their right-
hemisphere and write anything that pops up from their mind. “An outline was only a way to
make your words more neat and stucturalized.”, he added. There were three main points
Ichwan shared to the students of English Letters yesterday namely freeing oneself, writing
what ones need to write, and editing.
(Restu and Rengga)