Monday, August 27, 2012

Fall Quarter 2012 Writing Classes

Please see below for a comprehensive list of writing courses offered at the loop, suburban campuses, and online this Fall Quarter 2012.

Loop Campus Offerings

LL 140
Writing Workshop
Hayes, Nicholas
H3J (Tuesday)

LL 150
Academic Writing for Adults
Meyers, Alan
L4 (Tuesday)

LL 150
Academic Writing for Adults
McGury, Carol
L4 (Monday)

LL 153
Writing Together – Writing Well: A Community Approach to Academic Writing and Personal Narrative
Triller, Steffanie &
Hurtig, Janise
A3A 14443
H1X 14444
H2X 14445
L4 14442
*L4 competence required (4 cr. hrs); May register for one additional competence
(2 cr. hr.) LATE START. Begins 9/13(Thursday)

AI 196
WriteNow: National Novel Writing Month
Triller, Steffanie
A5 16535
A2X 16536
FX 16537
Meets 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7.
Can only be taken for one competence. (Wednesday)

Naperville Campus Offerings

LL 150
Academic Writing for Adults
Muller, William
L4 13077 (Wednesday)

LL 140
Writing Workshop
Navarre Cleary,
H3J 13125 (Wednesday)

Oak Forest Campus Offerings

LL 150
Academic Writing for Adults
Wozniak, Kathryn
HYBRID. Meets on ground 9/6, 9/13, 9/27,10/11, 10/25, 11/8 (Thursday)

FA 247
Thinking and Writing about Work
Muller, William
A1E 14786
A2X 14787
A5 14788
FX 14789 (Tuesdays)

O’Hare Campus Offerings

LL 140
Writing Workshop
Weidner, Diane
H3J (Wednesday)

LL 150
Academic Writing for Adults
Morris, David
L4 (Wednesdays)

SNL Online Offerings

LL 150
Academic Writing for Adults
L4 13330
Schmidt, Kathleen

LL 150
Academic Writing forAdults
L4 13332
Gilbert-Levin, Renee

LL 150
Academic Writing for Adults
L4 13334
Triller, Steffanie

LL 150
Academic Writing for Adults
L4 13336
Kutty, Nina

AI 176
Creative Writing
A1C 11698
A2A 11699
A5 11700
Dumbleton, Molia

FA 133
Editing Yourself and Others
L7 16094
H3D 16095
FX 16096
Greenberg, Michelle

FA 339
Professional Business Writing
FX 12007
H2X 12005
H3X 12006
Schmidt, Kathleen

LL 140
Writing Workshop
H3J 14204
Fitzpatrick, Kristin

LL 140
Writing Workshop
H3J 14206
Hemmerling, Joseph

Writing and Editing a Newsletter
FX 16093
Murphy, Douglas

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Do You Have a Story To Tell? Seats Remain Open in Two Fall Writing Courses that Provide Unique Opportunities to Work on Your Writing and Earn Necessary Competencies

Writing Together – Writing Well (Academic Writing for Adults)

Loop Campus, Thursdays
Competences offered: L4, A3A, H1X, H2X

In this special 6-credit hour section of Academic Writing for Adults, students will complete the work for the required L4 competency and get extra writing practice (and an extra competence) by participating in or leading a community writing workshop. Reading and writing topics for the course will ask the questions: What is literacy? How can education empower or disempower individuals or groups? What is the value of our stories? How can our stories teach others and ultimately change the world?

This is an excellent course for students looking to take just one course in a quarter that can fulfill the minimum credit hours necessary for financial aid. It is also an excellent course for anyone interested in writing, education, issues of power, democracy and class, and storytelling.
Faculty: Steffanie Triller and Janise Hurtig

WriteNow: National Novel Writing Month

Late Start, Loop, Wednesdays
Competences offered: A5, A2X, FX
Do you have a story to tell? If so, October/November is the time. In honor of National Novel Writing Month, SNL will premiere “WriteNow,” a 5-week course that invites students to write at least 25,000 words toward a novel, memoir, ILP, Advanced Project, or other long writing assignment. Beginning on October 10, students will have five weeks to reach their 25,000 word goal. Writing will happen both in class and as homework. Additional writing assignments will inspire reflection upon the creative process, and students will be required to present during the final week as the culminating project for the class.

Class meets Wednesdays in the Loop 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7
Faculty: Steffanie Triller

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Incomplete/ Writing Bootcamps - Aug 22 and Aug 29!

Do you have an incomplete grade? A final project that is dragging on? Finish your missing assignments, ILP or AP through SNL’s Writing Boot Camps.
Attend one or more free, faculty-led sessions.

This program is designed for SNL students who currently have an incomplete grade on their transcript or students working on writing assignments.

Sessions offer a supportive academic environment, writing assistance, and help with library services so that students can get assignments completed.

Session Dates:

Wednesday, August 22, 5:30pm-9:00pm
Wednesday, August 29, 5:30pm-9:00pm

Session Location:

Loop Campus, Daley Building
14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1325, Chicago, IL
Refreshments will be served!

To Register: Email your name, DePaul ID number and the incomplete course title(s) you wish to work on to at least 3 days prior to your desired sessions (messages to this email are reviewed by DePaul / SNL college faculty and staff only).
Items to Bring to Session(s):  Please bring a flash drive, your copy of the incomplete contract, all
prior assignment preparation, including research material, assignment instructions, and assignment writing format (APA/MLA). Please let your faculty mentor know you plan to attend.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Publishing Panel Discussion in Elgin - Saturday, 8/11/12

Are you interested in publishing? If so, consider attending the upcoming panel discussion, "The State of Publishing," this Saturday, August 11th, 2012. It will be held from 1 - 4pm at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL. This is a free event; light refreshments will be served.

The advertisement reads:

Book publishers have historically shied away from the City of Broad Shoulders. But the last couple of years have seen a growing number of small presses taking root in Chicago. Learn why these literary entrepreneurs are defying the sentiment that book publishing is a dying art and what they're doing to stay in the game. The talk, moderated by Elgin publisher George Rawlinson (State Street Publishing), will feature the creative forces behind four Chicago small presses: Victor David Giron (Curbside Splendor), Rick Kaempfer (Eckhartz Press), Mike O'Mary (Dream of Things), and Emily Victorson (Allium Press).

Following the discussion there will be an opportunity for attendees to "Meet the Presses" during a social networking "Writers Block Party." This free event is co-sponsored by the Chicago Writers Association, In Print and Author! Author! Book & Author Marketing Network.
The Gail Borden Public Library provides library meeting space as a community service. The library neither sponsors nor endorses this event nor the presenting individual(s) or organization(s).  

In order to reserve your spot, please visit here.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

When Zombie (Nouns) Attack!

In her NYT Draft editorial, “Zombie Nouns,” Helen Sword explores the overuse of nominalizations, or nouns formed from other parts of speech by adding a suffix like ity, tion, or ism. Sword postulates that while some people (read: attorneys, bureaucrats, academics) believe that nominalizations sound impressive, their use makes writing overly complicated and hard to understand, and thereby weaker. She calls them ‘…“zombie nouns” because they cannibalize active verbs, suck the lifeblood from adjectives and substitute abstract entities for human beings.”

When it comes to verbs, if to be or not to be is the question, then the answer is not to be! Strong writing avoids being-verbs and employs action-verbs, but nominalizations often relegate verbs to their being forms, i.e. the simple “indicate” becomes “may be an indication of.”  Also, Sword advises that structuring sentences around human subjects versus abstract concepts helps readers stay connected to the writing.

Sword writes,

        "At their best, nominalizations help us express complex ideas: perception, intelligence,   epistemology. At their worst, they impede clear communication. I have seen academic colleagues become so enchanted by zombie nouns like heteronormativity and interpellation that they forget how ordinary people speak. Their students, in turn, absorb the dangerous message that people who use big words are smarter – or at least appear to be – than those who don’t."

How often do you find yourself tempted to add an “ity” or “ism” to adjectives, verbs, or even other nouns? Find out if you are guilty of overusing nominalizations with this interactive tool, the Writer’s Diet test. The test allows you to input a sample of your writing and then gives automated feedback about which parts of speech need to be excised for more “fit” sentences.