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Mia Brady

Major(s), Concentration(s): English, Professional Writing and Rhetoric
Minor(s): Communications
Year at Elon: Senior

1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
My experiences writing outside the classroom started the summer after my freshman year. I wrote a human interest column for my town's online newspaper, Wyckoff Patch. When I returned to Elon, I spent time writing for our university's branch of HerCampus. The summer of my sophomore year, I interned with Skyhorse Publishing, which provided me with the opportunity to write various reader's report and catalog copies. My junior year at Elon, I took on the position of Center for Undergraduate Publishing and Design (CUPID) Associate, which allowed me to write various blog posts. Over this past summer, in addition to my editorial internship with John Wiley & Sons, I served as a writing intern for Phi Beta Kappa Society, which allowed me to interview and research Phi Beta Kappa members and write three different articles. Please feel free to read through the articles by clicking this link.

2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
When I was abroad in Florence during the fall of 2011, I had the opportunity to write an article discussing the 10 year anniversary of September 11th. Because this event directly affected my family and it is very close to my heart, it was very emotional for me to write. I received very strong feedback and it is a piece that I will always treasure. If you are interested in reading, please feel free to. Here is the link: http://www.hercampus.com/school/elon/her-campus-elons-tribute-911-0

3. Where is your favorite place to write?
I find that I do my best writing when I am at home in a familiar environment. While I do feel comfortable writing in many different settings, I find that I am most productive and produce the best writing when I am at home at my kitchen table. With limited distractions, I find that I do my best writing in this setting.

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 am an advocate for listening to music when I write. I find that when I have music on, I am less likely to get distracted. I find that making myself comfortable, making a cup of coffee and putting on my favorite Pandora station is the best way to ensure that I will do the best work.

5. Who is your favorite writer? Why?
After reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain this summer, I have to say that Hemingway is my favorite writer, particularly because I was able to understand the root of his writing through being let into his past.

6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
When studying abroad in Florence, I kept a travel blog detailing all of my experiences. My blog can be found at: miafirenze.wordpress.com. I could not be happier that I kept this blog, as I have looked back on the posts I wrote multiple times to reminisce on my time spent abroad. I wrote these posts when I came back from each trip, as I went through photos, receipts and postcards that I collected along the way. Putting together my blog posts was an exceptional writing experience for me, as I sincerely enjoyed formulating my experiences into these blog posts for my family and friends to read.

7. What would you most like to improve about your writing?
I would love to improve the versatility of my writing. Being able to write in different contexts and situations is essential, and I know improving my skills in terms of versatility would benefit me greatly.

8. What advice do you have for other Elon writers?
I would advise other Elon writers to continue to pursue writing opportunities in every context. There are ways to grow as a writer in more ways than expected, and it is important for writers to always be looking for ways to express themselves through writing in places they may not expect.