Friday, September 28, 2012

Veterans: How Should We Teach College Writing?

Are you a Veteran who has taken a college writing class (like Academic Writing for Adults, Writing Workshop, WRD 103 or 104 or English 101) since returning to school after serving in the military? 

If so, we would like your thoughts on how the teaching and learning of writing and composition can be improved for Veteran students like yourself. You are cordially invited to participate in a focus group to discuss Veteran students’ experiences with writing conducted by Michelle Navarre Cleary of DePaul University. 

Pizza dinner will be served to all volunteer participants. 

All information discussed during the focus groups will remain confidential and you will remain anonymous in any publications associated with this research. 

The three focus group dates from which you can choose to attend are: 

  • Wednesday, 10/10, from 4:30 to 5:30 pmRoom 1439, Daley Building, 14 E. Jackson, Loop Campus 
  • Monday, 10/15, from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Room 1439, Daley Building, 14 E. Jackson, Loop Campus 
  • Thursday, 10/18, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Room 1439, Daley Building, 14 E. Jackson, Loop Campus 

If you are interested or have further questions, please contact Michelle Navarre Cleary at with the session date you would like to attend.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

UCWbL Services

The UCWbL assists students, faculty, staff, and alumni through Face-to-Face appointments, Online appointments, Written Feedback by Email, and Quick Questions. In addition to these services, they also offer the following, which may be of interest to adult and commuter students:

  • Suburban Campus Writing Groups: These workshops meet each Saturday at the O’Hare campuses at 10:00 am-11:30 am (Room 307) and Tuesdays 4;30 to 6pm at Naperville (Room 220) and are facilitated by Peer Writing Tutors. Participants discuss their own writing and the work of others, honing critical reading, thinking, and analytical skills.
  • Writing Groups by Request: Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to create their own “mobile” Peer Writing Groups and meet weekly at a time and a place on or off campus that is convenient for them. The UCWbL will provide a Tutor to meet with the group and will help foster the discussion between writers.
  • AP/ILP Forums: These forums allow SNL Writers to discuss their AP and ILP projects with other students, Writing Tutors, SNL faculty, and a research librarian. Because writers at all stages of their projects are welcome, these forums are great opportunities to share tips and get advice about these critical components of the SNL program. The dates of the forums are:
O'Hare: AP October 6th, 12:00 – 1:30 pm Room 307
Loop: ILP November 6th, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, Lewis 1600
Naperville: AP October 27th, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Room 220
Oak Forest: ILP October 13th, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Room 5440

Students may RSVP the event at AP Forum and ILP Forum or at

  • Creative Writing Groups: These groups operate like the Suburban Campus Writing Groups or the Writing Groups by Request, but with a focus on creative writing. Writers can give and receive feedback on fiction, poetry, or any other creative writing pursuit. As always, a tutor will be present to facilitate discussion. Creative Writing Groups can also be requested. A standing group meets on the Lincoln Park campus; please see the UCWbL website for days and times.
  • Faculty Writing Groups: Faculty Writing Groups assist professors at DePaul who want writing advice. Faculty might utilize these groups to get feedback on theses, manuscripts, dissertations, or other writing projects with peers. These groups will operate like Writing Groups by Request.

Friday, September 21, 2012

What to Write?

For those of you partaking in the SNL Month of Writing Challenge, you might already know the content of the project(s) you'll be working on -- but others might still be brainstorming topics!

For those in the brainstorming phase, here are a few ideas to get you started. Sometimes just getting 'pen to paper' can be the biggest challenge.

What are the first three things that come to mind when thinking of your project?

What is the book you always wanted to write?

Pick any object in the room you currently reside, and describe it in detail. Alternatively, start writing a piece from the object's point of view.

Have you thought about writing an ILP? View some examples on the SNL Writing Guide here.

The Writer's Digest releases a weekly writing prompt. You can also search for prompts by topic.

Don't miss the kickoff parties! Light refreshments will be served!

Tues, October 9th from 5:30 - 6:15pm at Naperville Campus, Room 140
Wed, October 10th from 5:00 - 5:45pm at Loop Campus, 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1451
Wed, October 10th from 5:30 - 6:15pm at O'Hare Campus, Room 202
Thurs, October 11th from 5:30 - 6:15pm at Oak Forest Campus, Computer Lab

Interested in joining the SNL Month of Writing? Email today, or come to a kickoff party to sign up!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Join us for the SNL Month of Writing!

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From October 10 until November 7, SNL students, faculty, staff, and alumni will be accepting the challenge of each writing 50,000 words in a month. Join us in the effort to create 1 million words total - if we reach our goal, an anonymous donor will donate $1,000 to SNL Scholarships!
Email to register.
Kickoff parties week of 10/10! Stay posted for details by visiting here,