Wednesday, September 28, 2011

SNL Writing Showcase Now Accepting Entries

Calling all SNL student writers! The School for New Learning is now accepting entries for the 2011 - 2012 academic year.

If you have received an "A" on a paper or glowing feedback on an Independent Learning Project (ILP), consider submitting your work to the Writing Showcase. You may submit up to three pieces of writing. By submitting your work, you not only share your accomplishment with others, but also provide inspiration to your fellow SNL students as they work on their writing assignments. Excellent submissions will be recognized at the Spring Awards Luncheon.

To download this year's application and to view entries of previous winners, please visit

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Community Creative Writing Resources

Chicago and the surrounding Chicagoland area offer many writing groups, writing seminars, and writing workshops for those interested in creative writing. DePaul University offers a Masters of Arts in Writing and Publishing, but there are also several programs outside the DePaul Community to help enhance your creative writing skills. Students could use these non-DePaul resources as part of developing an Independent Learning Project on creative writing.

A comprehensive list of Chicago-based writing resources:

The Newberry Library:

Chicago Dramatists offers playwriting courses:

Story Studio Chicago:

Writer's Loft:

Online Resources/ Courses for Writers

Poets & Writers magazine:
Publishing Search Engine:
Coffee House for Writers:
UW Madison Online Workshops:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Suburban Campus writing groups begin again September 17

Suburban Campus Writing Groups are convenient tutoring options for commuters, SNL and suburban campus students, meeting at the Naperville, Oak Forest and O’Hare campuses on Saturdays from 10am-11:30am during each academic term. They are a drop-in tutoring service where students work with Group Leaders and fellow writers in a collaborative setting in which they both receive and provide feedback on written work. Contributing writers will find that all meetings allow them to constructively share their pieces in contexts like one-on-one peer feedback and group workshops, allowing exposure to different audiences and forms of collaboration and group discussion. If you would like more information, check the University Center for Writing-based Learning website at

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Meet New SNL Writing Faculty Member Jane Wagoner!

Jane Wagoner taught a variety of courses at the City Colleges of Chicago, including ESL, reading, Introduction to Literature, freshman composition, the research paper and developmental English. She has created several hybrid classes and earned a Master’s Online Teaching certificate. In addition, she has begun taking piano lessons and enjoys being a student. Jane loves going to the theater and being a member of the Jane Austen Society. Her BA is from Edgewood College in Madison, WI, and MA from DePaul University.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Rhetorical Analysis Rap

A rap that reviews terminology used in rhetorical analysis...check it out, yo!