Thursday, July 28, 2011

SNL student, Maria Jasso de Razo, featured in Global Voices

SNL student Maria Jasso de Razo is featured in the first annual issue of Global Voices, the online magazine published by The Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research (CMWR) and The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL). Maria wrote her paper, "How English as a Second Language Affected my Reading and Writing," for SNL writing course, "Writing Together - Writing Well," taught by Steffanie Triller and Janise Hurtig. The essay depicts the hurdles Maria overcame as an ESL student learning to read and write. On her essay being chosen for Global Voices, Maria says, "I never imagined that I could write something that would be published. You don't know how much this means to me. I can't believe it."

Read her essay here:

Independent Learning Project Forum on Monday, August 1st at Loop Campus

The DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL)is hosting an Independent Learning Project forum on Monday, August 1st from 4 to 6:00pm. The forum will be held in Lewis 1600 at the Loop Campus.

Writing tutors and librarians will be available to assist students with their writing and research questions. Writers at all stages of their projects are welcome, and the workshop provides a great opportunity to both share tips and get advice about the ILP.

Please contact Edward Evins at with any questions.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Research Writing Workshop on Saturday, July 23rd

This Saturday, July 23rd, the University Center for Writing-based Learning will be holding a Research Writing Workshop at the O'Hare campus. This workshop allows SNL Writers to learn valuable research techniques with other students lead by Writing Tutors. Because writers at all stages of their projects are welcome, these workshops are great opportunities to share tips and get advice about this key component of the academic writing process.The workshop will begin at 12:00 pm in Rm. 307 at the O'Hare Campus.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Stephen Fry on Pedants of Grammatical Accuracy

Stephen Fry, identified by Wikipedia as an “actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter and film director, and a director of Norwich City Football Club,” pontificates on pedants of grammatical accuracy.

Monday, July 18, 2011

"How to Read like a Writer"

The essay, "How to Read like a Writer," by Mike Bunn discusses the difference between reading for content and actively reading for writing choices and techniques made by the author to better one's own writing. Bunn writes, "Questioning why the author made certain decisions. Considering what techniques could have made the text better. Deciding how to include the best attributes of what you read in your own writing. This is what Reading like a Writer is all about." To read the whole text, please visit

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Writing Center Offers Forums for SNL Writing Projects

Independent Learning Pursuit Forums: These Forums are designed to foster discussion, provide information, and offer support to SNL students who are currently working on or beginning an Independent Learning Pursuit. These discussion-based events feature Writing Center Tutors, SNL faculty, and a research librarian, all of whom provide focused and individualized feedback to students. This is a great opportunity for SNL students to share tips and receive advice from their peers. All students and faculty are invited!
• July 16 from 12 noon to 2 pm (Naperville)
• August 1 from 4:30-6:30 pm (Loop--Lewis 1600)
• August 6 from 12 noon to 2 pm (O'Hare)

Click here to RSVP.

Advanced Project Forums: AP Forums allow students to discuss their Advanced Projects with other students, UCWbL tutors, SNL faculty, and a librarian. Participants discuss the steps that need to be taken before beginning the Advanced Project, generating ideas for topics, beginning research, and managing the project once it begins. SNL students at all stages in their Advanced Projects and faculty are welcome.
• July 9 from 12 noon to 2 pm (O'Hare)
• July 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm (Loop--Lewis 1600)

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SNL Writing Forum: This unique Forum at the Oak Forest campus will feature guidance from two UCWbL tutors and a librarian. SNL students of all levels are welcome to come and discuss their ILPs, APs, and class assignments. Date: July 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Oak Forest).

Click here to RSVP.

Research-Writing Workshops: Participate in this workshop to get feedback on your research project—whether it be a quarter-long class project, an AP or ILP, or a thesis. UCWbL tutors will also provide valuable tips to help you successfully complete your project. Dates:

• July 23 from 12 noon to 2 pm (O’Hare)
• August 6 from 12 noon to 2 pm (Naperville)

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

SNL Student Writing: NEED LESS TO SAY

Click here to view the SNL student publication, "NEED LESS TO SAY: Stories from the Writing Together Class."

SNL Student Writing: KNOW RED INK

Click here to view the SNL student publication, "KNOW RED INK: Stories from Writing Together - Writing Well."