Thursday, March 29, 2012

Updated - Spring Quarter ILP and AP Workshops

The UCWbL Writing Groups team has finalized the Spring Quarter workshop schedule. The workshops dates and locations are below:

DATES:

April 17th - Loop ILP - 5pm to 6:30pm - Lewis 1600
April 21st - Oak Forest AP - 12pm to 1:30pm - Room 5380
April 28th - Naperville AP - 12pm to 1:30pm - Room 120
May 5th - O'Hare AP - 12pm to 1:30pm - Room 307
May 8th - Loop AP - 5pm to 6:30pm - Lewis 1600

These workshops are for any SNL student working on Advanced Project or Independent Learning Pursuits. Sponsored by the UCWbL, the forums allow students to discuss their projects with other students, Writing Center tutors, SNL faculty, and a librarian. Discussion will focus on how to generate ideas for topics, begin research, and manage the project once it begins.

Monday, March 26, 2012

SNL Writing Courses - Spring Quarter 2012

The following Spring Quarter courses at SNL have a writing and/or literature focus. You can register today by visiting campus connect.

Loop Campus Offerings

LL 140 Writing Workshop
Miritello, Mary
H3J 33023
LATE START. Begins 4/4

LL 150 Academic Writing for Adults
Hayes, Nicholas
L4 32983
Thursday

LL 150 Academic Writing for Adults
Dow, Tom
L4 32981

LL 150 Academic Writing for Adults
Dow, Tom
L4 32981

Naperville Campus Offerings

AI 241 Writing Mojo
Leganski, Rita
A1C 33152
A1D 33153
A5 33151
H1A 33154
*NEW COURSE

LL 140 Writing Workshop
Wozniak, Kathryn
H3J 33025

LL 150 Academic Writing for Adults
Muller, William
L4 32985
HYBRID.
Meets in class: 3/28,
4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16,
5/30. Meets online:
4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6

Oak Forest Campus Offerings

LL 140 Writing Workshop
Michicich, Tracy
H3J 33029

LL 150 Academic Writing for Adults
Brown, Barbara
L4 32989

O’Hare Campus Offerings

LL 150 Academic Writing for Adults
Morris, David
L4 32987

LL 140 Writing Workshop
Weidner, Diane
H3J 33027


Degree Completion Major Offerings

DCM 330 Professional Writing (ONLINE)
Wozniak,
Kathryn
4 – DCM
2 – H3J
2 – FX
DCM 30310
H3J 30311
FX 30312
Meets Online.

SNL Online Offerings

LL 150 Academic Writing for Adults
L4 30313
Schmidt, Kathleen

LL 150 Academic Writing for Adults
L4 30317
Gilbert-Levin, Renee

LL 150 Academic Writing for Adults
L4 36755
Hemmerling, Joseph

AI 176 Creative Writing
A1C 30359
A2A 30360
A5 30361
Dumbleton, Molia

FA 133 Editing Yourself and Others: A Collaborative Approach to Writing at Work
FX 30407
H3D 30406
L7 30405
Greenberg, Michelle

AI 172 Making Poems: An Introduction to Verse
A1C 31468
A2A 31469
A5 31470
Sullivan, Tom

AI 211 Men of Fortune, Women of Cents: Analyzing Pride and Prejudice and the films it has inspired
A1D 31598
A1E 31599
A1X 31600
A5 31601
Navarre-Cleary,
Michelle

LL 140 Writing Workshop
H3J 32965
Fitzpatrick, Kristin

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Linking your Critical Thinking and Writing Skills

The website, Critical Thinker Academy (criticalthinkeracademy.com), has a series of tutorial videos on writing argumentative essays. While not all of the content is free to view, there are a few free videos that touch upon the basics of crafting a strong persuasive essay. As the persuasive essay is something all SNL students are asked to write for classes, take a few minutes to review the parts of a good persuasive essay:

1. The introduction
2. A main body, which itself contains at least three arguments:
- the “main argument” of the essay
- a possible objection to the main argument
- a reply to the objection
3. The conclusion

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

UCWbL hiring tutors for 2012 -2013 Academic Year

The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) is looking for empathetic and intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students to work as peer writing tutors during the 2012/2013 academic year.

Applications are due 4.23.12 by 12 noon. Apply today if you have excellent writing, research, communication, and interpersonal skills. UCWbL places a great deal of value in hiring a diverse staff from across all DePaul's programs and colleges -- share your knowledge about the unique needs of SNL student writers!

For detailed information about working at the UCWbL and for instructions on how to apply, please visit this website, http://condor.depaul.edu/writing/who/join_staff.html.

Contact UCWbL Director Lauri Dietz (ldietz@depaul.edu) with any questions.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A refresher on sentence construction: subjects and predicates

The NY Times recently started Draft, an online series “about the art and craft of writing.” The second post in the series is by author and journalist Constance Hale. She writes about the art of constructing sentences in her opinion piece, "The Sentence as a Miniature Narrative".

Analogizing sentences to boats, Hale writes that we need to expand our thinking about sentence construction from the grade school definition of a sentence, “It begins with a capital letter, ends with a period and expresses a complete thought.” She implores writers to focus on sentence structure saying, “Nouns give us sentence subjects — our boat hulls. Verbs give us predicates — the forward momentum, the twists and turns, the abrupt stops.” This analogy provides an interesting and helpful visual for the different functions of a subject and predicate.

She offers this tip, “Think of the predicate as a predicament — the situation the subject is in. I like to think of the whole sentence as a mini-narrative. It features a protagonist (the subject) and some sort of drama (the predicate): The searchlight sweeps. Harvey keeps on keeping on. The drama makes us pay attention.”

How can you compose your own compelling, drama-filled mini-narratives? Hale suggests writers practice their subject and predicate agreement by substituting subjects and predicates into famous first lines from novels. She also offers that creating your own epitaph can be a fun writing exercise to practice sentence construction.

While there is certainly more to crafting a great sentence than just the subject and predicate, fully understanding the foundation of sentence structure is step one on the path to great writing.

Read the full article here: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/the-sentence-as-a-miniature-narrative/.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Last Call for SNL Writing Showcase Entries!


All current SNL students are invited to submit their work to the annual SNL Writing Showcase. The showcase celebrates student writers by publicly honoring the best submissions at the Spring Awards luncheon in June. Apply on or before April 1st, 2012 by visiting http://www.snl.depaul.edu/writing/WritingShowcase.html.

Questions? Email snlwriting@depaul.edu.

The poetics of praxis carries with it the discourse of pedagogical institutions.

The above sentence was created with University of Chicago's online random academic sentence generator. Check it out by visiting: http://writing-program.uchicago.edu/toys/randomsentence/write-sentence.htm

The generator is a fun way to start thinking about intentional word choice and sentence construction.

How does it work?

You are asked to select from a list of phrases:

From the list of noun phrases, the subject of the sentence plus a preposition (poetics of) and the object plus preposition (discourse of).

From the list of modifying phrases, the phrase that modifies the subject (praxis) and the phrase that modifies the object (pedagogical institutions).

Finally, from the verbs list, a verb or verb phrase (carries with it).

Next, the program assembles the phrases in a typical sentence pattern:

Noun Phrase + Modifying Phrase + Verb + Noun Phrase + Modifying Phrase.

Simple as that! Who knew academic writing could be so easy?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spring Quarter AP and ILP Workshops

These workshops are for any SNL student working on Advanced Project or Independent Learning Pursuits. Sponsored by the UCWbL, the forums allow students to discuss their projects with other students, Writing Center tutors, SNL faculty, and a librarian. Discussion will focus on how to generate ideas for topics, begin research, and manage the project once it begins. Faculty are welcome to attend.

Dates are tentative. Exact locations and times TBA:

Tue 4/17 - Loop AP
Sat 4/21 - Oak Forest AP
Sat 4/28 - Naperville AP
Sat 5/5 - O'Hare AP
Tue 5/8 - Loop ILP

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Calling All Fiction Writers!

Are you a full-time student who enjoys writing fiction? If so, check out these writing competitions offered through the Norman Mailer Center.

The Four-Year College Writing Award Competition is open to current full-time undergraduate students. Maximum length of entry is 15 single-spaced pages. Winner will receive the following:
• Cash award of $10,000
• Scholarship to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony during the summer of 2013
• Travel and lodging* to attend the Colony’s National Award Ceremony
Students may submit one or more stories (within the page limits) or a self-contained section of a longer work (for example, from a novel). Submissions may be “conventional” or “experimental” and may represent any fiction tradition. However, the best work will demonstrate compelling literary merit.

The Poetry Award is open to full-time students enrolled in four-year colleges, two-year colleges, junior colleges, and technical colleges. Students may submit one or more poems, to a maximum of 10 pages. The winner will receive:
• Cash award of $5,000
• Travel and lodging* to attend the Colony’s National Award Ceremony

Entries for both awards will be accepted until April 30, 2012, Noon CDT. For more information, or to enter, visit: http://www.ncte.org/awards/student/nmwa.

Feel free to pass this onto other students who might be interested in this exciting award! Questions? Please email: nmw@ncte.org.