Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Reflections from the 2012 SNL Month of Writing

In the thirty days from October 10 to November 8, fifty SNL students, faculty, and staff participated in the 2012 SNL Month of Writing Challenge. Each participant used the challenge differently; some used the challenge to begin new projects, some used it to focus on their school papers, and others used the challenge to help channel their creative writing juices. Two writers agreed to share from their experience over the month.

SNL Faculty member, Jane Wagoner, used the month to begin a blogging project. She says, “While I had never written a blog, I thought this month was the perfect time to begin my blogging career. The writing is different from what I have done before and a lot of fun. I find myself thinking of different topics to write about and reflecting on various literary works. So this month has helped me find my "blogging voice" and I am grateful for the extra motivation that the word count goal provided.”
SNL student, Nikki Knighten, took the 5-week SNL course that accompanied the Month of Writing titled, “WriteNow: National Novel Writing Month.” Nikki distilled some of her writings from the month into a poem, “Save Me from Myself”:
The cares of this world arouse me from sleep
I lay thinking, “will I make it through this day?”
I need you Lord to come to save me from myself.
I’ve grown stronger because of my trials. They are companions resting in the recesses of my mind. Always on the ready to move forward and profess the powers that are present. To testify of the muscles that have grown and developed because they had to; because they were strained by burdens and invisible foes. The fears of the past are done away with. Some making way for new ones; weaker, less threatening new fears which pale in comparison to the old fears "made of good stock." those old fears that shook my existence and made me question my sanity and alliances. Those fears of yesteryear were the "real thing baby"! They played for keeps and didn't easily die. These fears required Herculean tenacity that morphed into crazy faith and fearlessness. There are those who dare to say that my future may be gloomy and despair ridden and there are those who have the gumption to question my fate. Theirs is but one voice in the crowd and but one view on the horizon but the report which I choose to believe is the Lord's. His report is rich with His hope and saturated by His plans for me. I am convinced that they are "of good and not of evil, to an expected end." Whereas many have come and seemingly even more have gone but Your word lingers and abides. It exalts and admonishes, it encourages and it chastens. It punishes the slothfulness and it rewards the diligence.
How will you use the SNL Month of Writing next year? Since we are increasing our departmental goal to 1.5 million words for the 2013 challenge, we’ll need you on board next fall!

Celebrate writing on December 5th with the NWA

Neighborhood Writing Alliance
Publishers of the Journal of Ordinary Thought
Body Wisdom
A celebration of dynamic movement, creative community, and personal stories throughout Chicago
                                   When: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
                                    Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
                                    Where: Harold Washington Library Center
                                                  Pritzker Auditorium
                                                  400 S. State Street
Free and open to the public!

Monday, November 12, 2012

1,131,891 Words

The 2012 SNL Month of Writing has drawn to a close. From October 10 until November 7, SNL Faculty, Staff, and Students accepted the challenge to each write 50,000 words in a month. Our department goal  was 1 million words – and we did it! Collectively, SNL produced 1,131,981 words in just 30 days. In recognition of this accomplishment, an anonymous donor will be giving $1,000 to SNL Scholarships!
Special congratulations to these participants that surpassed the personal goal of writing 50,000 words each:
Heather Burlingame, SNL Student
Cynthia Flores, SNL Staff and Student
Cynthia Meehan, SNL Student
Michelle Navarre Cleary, SNL Faculty
Cindy Stevens, SNL Faculty
Shannon Stone, SNL Staff and Student
Steffanie Triller Fry, SNL instructor
Kathryn Wozniak, SNL instructor
This is will be annual challenge and we hope you will join us next year!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I'm First: A Resource for First Generation College Students

Are you a first generation college student? Check out, a website that features videos made by first generation students about their experiences, hopes, and dreams.

The mission of I’m First is as follows:

“I’m First is an online community founded by Center for Student Opportunity to provide first-generation college students with support, advice and encouragement on the road to and through college.

There’s something special about being first. The first in flight, first man on the moon, and the first African-American president. First kisses, first impressions, first place.

It’s time we celebrate those who are the first generation in their family to attend and graduate from college. I’m First collects personal stories from first-generation college graduates—and students who will be—putting faces and giving voices to who we are and inspiring the next generation of students who will be first.

Also featuring tools and resources to support aspiring first-generation college students on the road to college, I’m First is the community for those who need help in reaching this goal, those who have already achieved it, and those who support these students along the way.

We define “first-generation college student” as anyone whose parents or guardians have not completed a four-year college degree.”

The site also includes a blog feed and college search engine. Consider making your own video to share your story.

Friday, November 2, 2012

One Week to go!

SNL writers have been busy writing during the month of October! Now entering the last week of our 30 day challenge, we have surpassed the halfway point on our journey towards 1 million words!