Name: Elizabeth Boyer
Major(s), Minor(s): English Major, Creative Writing Minor, Journalism Minor
Standing (Sophomore, Junior, Senior): Senior
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
I have written a little bit of everything from Torch articles to personal creative projects. I’m currently working on my honors thesis which is unlike anything else I’ve taken on. My first love is poetry, which tends to be the common denominator when it comes to personal writing.
2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the English papers that I work hard on and spend great amounts of time figuring out what exactly I want to communicate. It’s a good feeling when your ideas are translated onto paper and the feedback is reflective of that.
I do most of my writing on a big comfy couch with a cup of tea nearby.
4. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when writing or when you are preparing to write? What are they?
I’m a very sporadic writer: the beginning never comes first and the ending never comes last. I definitely need outlines and notes to keep myself organized and to keep myself from entertaining unnecessary tangents.
My current favorite writer is Colum McCann because of his ability to tailor his style to his characters. His images are unique and beautiful, which lend themselves to memorable, quotable lines.
6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
My favorite writing experience was over the summer when I took a vacation on Lake Michigan. I was sitting on the beach with a journal writing some poetry, and while it sounds really cliché, it was so incredibly relaxing and just for me. There was no pressure to writing anything at all, which is when my best work emerges.
7. What would you most like to improve about your writing?
I would love to tailor the skill that I admire most in writers: the ability to let the beauty come from the little details. There’s a fine line from overworked writing and writing that is so sublime and powerful.
8. What advice do you have for other Wittenberg writers?
Writing is such an essential skill no matter where you are going in life. Take writing seriously because it’s a powerful medium.
9. What should students know about you when they come in to visit you in the Writing Center?
I get the most out of sessions as an advisor when writers have a clear idea of what they want to work on. I feel I am the most productive when I can focus on specific issues that the writer hopes to improve.
10. What’s the best part about working in the Writing Center?
This job is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had because every time I have a session I feel like I am accomplishing something. I like the idea of contributing to the greater good, and I’m always willing to promote writing. I also love being a part of a community that is full of writers and colleagues that I respect undoubtedly.