Editorial Board

Writer’s Block Editorial Board 2021 – 2022

Laiana Farias – Editor-in-Chief

Laiana is an enthusiastic curly-haired second-year student whose name everyone initially struggles to pronounce correctly. She loves to exercise, work with children, and will never say no to an adventure. As a short person, she fiercely defends the idea that being short is not a disadvantage. She considers herself an optimistic – and perhaps a slightly naive and sentimental – person who believes that good things will come, and is always looking for the bright side in every situation. She is very likely to bring up an adorably funny story about her lovable little sister in every conversation. Oh, and she absolutely loves adjectives and adverbs. 

Anne van Spaendonck – Secretary

Writing is one of Anne’s passions; however, she has many stories yet to receive an ending. Writer’s block has kept her from finishing them for a while now, and in the hopes of getting through it, she joined this like-named magazine. Anne has always liked video games – mostly the kind where you shoot things. She loves reading all kinds of texts and watching movies, after which she judges them for how bad they were. You can often find her in the cinema either watching a movie or munching on popcorn in the back while at work.

Anne likes to live by the motto: “We’ll hate what we’ve lost, but we’ll love what we find.”

Marijne Ottenheym – Treasurer

Marijne has a hard time getting through the initial world building of books, loves the middle parts, then gets bored again once the ending is near –  hence an endless list of DNF’s that only keeps growing. Same goes for movies and series, by the way. Oh, and life and relationships in general! She claims to hate romance in books, but is secretly only entertained when there is a romantic plotline. 

With too many hobbies and too little time, she struggles with setting priorities, but she is always up for discussing pop-culture, the downfall of the patriarchy, and how cute cats are. 

“Overthinking is not just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle.”

Reinier van der Plas – Final Editor

Reinier is an avid writer of unfinished fiction in which he loves to explore the big questions: What makes our identities? How can we sit with our existential condition? What if procrastination is actually a good thing? And what exactly is wishful thinking?

Quietly harbouring a passion for (video) games, Reinier can’t wait to turn Writer’s Block into his outlet.

He has gotten into chess recently and really wishes that he hadn’t.

Emilia Barriga – Final Editor

Very into words. Very into politics. And, also, very cool. 

Emilia spends most of her time writing literary analyses for her major, but she is tired of babbling about books, so, instead, she will mostly explore her admiration for similar arts or ideas she’s passionate about. Most of her critical essays also end up being a way to unleash her raging interest in feminism, decolonization, and, more broadly speaking, intersectionality, so if you are not into that, sorry to inform you, this isn’t going to work. Emilia would love to remind you that that’s okay though! It’s not you, it’s her. Just kidding, like she said, she’s very cool, so it’s probably you. Seriously though, expect satire and humour in most of her works, otherwise, this really isn’t going to work.

Vivian van Klaarbergen – Social Media Manager

Vivian is a creative second year English student who spends half of her day daydreaming and entirely detached from reality. Her all-time favourite TV shows often have a magical or supernatural plot line, yet her favourite movies are often cliché and, of course, full of romance. In short, Vivian is a dreamer and a procrastinating perfectionist who always has a book in her bag no matter where she is going. 

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