Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Civic Writing: London - An opportunity for undergrads!

Are you an undergraduate student interested in studying abroad in London this summer? Check out Civic Writing: London, a course sponsored by Syracuse University but open to all undergrads that will take place from May 19 through June 17, 2016.

From Steve Parks at Syracuse University:

Civic Writing: London will invite students to become involved in an international community writing project based in London, but linked to Paris and Milan. The goal of the project is to save over 40 years of self-published working class writing produced from the 1970’s to the 2010’s. Using their own words, edited by themselves, these writers documented how the working class responded to the collapse of traditional industries, the global immigration which enriched their communities, and came to recognize of the importance of issues such as race, gender, and disability. Indeed, their work has been called one of the most important writing projects of the 20th century. And at the height of their production, over 1,000,000 books circulated through underground channels across the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States.

Yet, the economic crises of 2008 wrecked havoc on this network. And until last year, many of these publications were scattered across the continents, left moldering in basements and attics.

Students in this course will be part of the effort to save and archive these publications. Working with archivists and community writers, they will help to build an archive of this work at London Metropolitan University. They will meet and work with some of the London based writing groups that were part of this international writing/publishing community. And they will help plan a writing festival which will help bring back together many of these writers from across the UK. Finally, in the spirit of those writers, students will work collaboratively to produce their own book of writing to circulate in the USA and UK. Through readings, practices, and partnerships, then, this will give students an international experience as well as a network of international writers and scholars. 

Undergrads interested in the Civic Writing: London course can contact Steve Parks or Jess Pauszek for more information. Click here for the course website. Completed applications are due February 20, 2016.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Last boot camp of Autumn Quarter 2015 at the O'Hare campus!

Click on the image below for more information about SNL's Writing Boot Camp on Saturday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DePaul's O'Hare Campus. Email snlevents@depaul.edu to register or just show up and get your assignments completed! 

Writing Center AQ Finals Week Hours

The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) has announced its Autumn Quarter finals week schedule for both the Lincoln Park and Loop locations:

Wednesday, November 18th:   10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 19th:       10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, November 20th:            10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Loop Campus Writing Center
(312) 362-6726
25 E. Jackson
Lewis Center 1600
Chicago, IL 60604

Lincoln Park Campus Writing Center
(773) 325-4272
2320 N. Kenmore
SAC 212
Chicago, IL 60614

The UCWbL will close on Saturday, November 21st. Winter hours will be posted after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Click here for instructions on how to register and make an appointment. Be sure to select the correct finals week schedule from the drop-down box at the top of the WCOnline scheduler. Appointments are filling up quickly, but there is a waitlist option in the top left corner of each day's schedule. Call either Writing Center with questions or concerns.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Writing in the Disciplines: The Genre of Blogging

Last week on Bedford Bits, a blog dedicated to ideas for teaching composition, guest-blogger and SNL professor Amanda Gaddam unpacked a popular project for the blog's Multimodal Mondays feature. Her post, A Low-Stakes Assignment for Understanding Blogs as Genre, features a step-by-step guide to said assignment along with samples of student work.

Click on the link above to read Amanda's blog about this wonderful WID assignment!