Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Is your writing all over the place?

So was the writing of famous mystery writer Agatha Christie. A new book on Christie's notebooks reveals that her writing process was far from orderly: "The notebooks contain thousands of ideas, many dated years before the work they appeared in was finished, few of them consecutive, since she scribbled in whichever was nearest to hand. At any one time, Christie would have half a dozen notebooks going." from "The Mystery of the Messy Notebooks: Why Agatha Christie's method was utterly deranged" by Christine Kenneally on Slate. 

Christie apparently sometimes resolved to get better organized, but never really did. Her process worked for her. If your process is not working for you, look at how some other writers go about the process of writing on Real Writers in Action and get some suggestions for ways to make your process go more smoothly on How to Write a Paper.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Writing Groups Starting this Saturday at Loop, Naperville, Oak Forest and O'Hare

Writing Groups are a great way to make progress on ILPs and Advanced Projects as well as to get help with papers for your classes. Here is what SNL students have had to say about their participation in Writing Groups:

“This was a perfectly timed and very positive experience for me. When I say that Morgan “saved my life,” I am exaggerating only slightly.  I had been carving away at the block marble and trying to find the “angel” within it before he led me to the answer. Following that meeting, my instructor recognized the improvement between successive drafts, and my submitted final earned a good deal of praise from her.”

“Tom and Morgan were knowledgeable, polite, enthusiastic, and they appeared to really enjoy what they were doing.  Their engagement with each of us created a comfort zone. I felt and saw in other participants a willingness to share ideas and to address specific writing challenges… I enjoyed the immediate and warm connection between all of us and felt that newcomers immediately became part of the group. I saw courtesy, respect, patience and encouragement. I saw (and felt no lack of my own) excitement when ‘something clicked.’ I just wanted to run right home and get to work, rather than avoid the assignment as happened when I lacked focus.“

The Writing Center's Writing Groups will meet on the Loop, Naperville, Oak Forest, and O'Hare campuses on the following Saturdays during the spring term:
  • April 10th, 17th, and 24th
  • May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th
While you are not required to attend all eight sessions, we do request that you make some commitment to the groups, since our goal is to help you become a more effective writer through consistent collaboration and conversation.
Groups meet at the following times on each campus:
  • Loop: 10:00-11:30 am
  • Naperville: 10:00-11:30 am, 12:30-2:00 pm
  • Oak Forest: 10:00-11:30 am
  • O'Hare: 10:00-11:30 am
If you are interested in joining a group or would like more information, please email the Writing Groups coordinator. Be sure to include your campus and preferred session.

Tom McNamara
Writing Groups Coordinator
Phone: 708.692.7078