Name: Rebecca Petrilli
Major(s), Minor(s): English and Art History major with a Business minor
Astrological Sign: Pisces
1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
I love to write poetry, though I don’t write as often as I should. I journal, too, but that’s just for myself.
2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
That’s a tough question. I’d have to say that it depends entirely on the genre of writing—there are papers that I like and there are also pieces creative writing with which I am fairly content, but how could I even begin to compare the two?
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
I can write well in any space that is open and quiet. Bonus points if I can play really loud rap music.
4. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when writing or when you are preparing to write? What are they?
No, I can’t say that I do. I like to write where it’s quiet, as long as I can make it loud whenever I want. My writing process is very chaotic at first, and there are lots of notes and scribbles until I figure out where I’m going.
5. Who is your favorite writer? Why?
I will forever stand by F. Scott Fitzgerald as my favorite writer. Yes, I love Gatsby, but the rest of Fitzgerald’s work is arguably more incredible and I could read his prose forever.
6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
Kenyon Young Writers was a pretty amazing two weeks. That was my first real immersion into creative writing and it definitely expanded my understanding of how to break through my creative barriers.
7. What would you most like to improve about your writing?
I need to write more, honestly. I don’t write very much recently that isn’t academic, and I think that maintaining a strong writing relationship with yourself is an essential part of every writer’s continuous development.
8. What advice do you have for other Wittenberg writers?
Come to the Writing Center! There are a lot of reasons to come and talk about writing, but every single one is valid. Don’t be nervous about sharing your writing…we don’t judge, I promise. We’ve all been there.
9. What should students know about you when they come in to visit you in the Writing Center?
I’m a double major in English and Art History, and so I have a lot of experience with different types of writing. I love to talk about words and am very fond of working on long papers over multiple sessions. I don’t like writing bios, so this is awkward. I’m awkward. Come talk to me.
10. What’s the best part about working in the Writing Center?
Unlimited free coffee, if we’re being honest. You should come visit us just for that.