Friday, October 28, 2016

Aloud! Including Writers from DePaul's SNL

SNL Advanced Elective "Write Where You Are" class and the Writing Center's Jennifer Finstrom

When I arrived at the DePaul Writers Guild Aloud! open-mic on October 20th, current students and alumni were already gathered, waiting. They tried to keep their voices low as the Loop Writing Center tutors finished their work. But the overwhelming sense of camaraderie could not tamp their exuberance.

Later SNL students from Steffanie Triller’s Write Where You Are Advanced Elective class joined the event. The regular attendees were cheerful and supportive. It was a pleasure to watch them interact with themselves and the newer SNL readers.

Although the Writers Guild holds an Aloud! reading every quarter, this day was special. It was dedicated to both NCTE’s National Day on Writing and The School for New Learning’s Month of Writing. A common thread through all of these events is an idea that accountability helps us write. If we have a group of writers to encourage and push us, writing becomes easier.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Watch Now: The 2016 Craft of Composing Panel

We at SNL Writing had a wonderful time kicking off the 5th Annual Month of Writing with our Craft of Composing panel on September 29th. For those of you who were unable to make it to this edifying event, the panel is now available online!

Click here to watch the 2016 Craft of Composing panel, featuring Ann Stanford, Jennifer Finstrom, Jack Murphy, and Travis Moore-Murray. You can also visit our Month of Writing Digication page to see Craft of Composing panels from previous years and other exciting MOW events.

It's also not too late to participate in the Month of Writing! SNL students, faculty, and staff can register and write 1000 words or more to earn raffle entries toward our grand prizes: a two-credit scholarship for students and a $75 gift card for faculty and staff! Click here for more information and here to register. Happy writing!

Four Fall Boot Camps Coming Up!

Every quarter, SNL Writing offers Writing Boot Camps to help students complete their assignments. Faculty-led Boot Camp sessions are designed for undergraduate or graduate SNL students who currently have an incomplete grade on their transcript or a current project they wish to complete. This fall, we offer the following sessions:

  • Saturday, October 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at O'Hare
  • Saturday, October 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Naperville
  • Tuesday, November 1, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Loop
  • Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Loop

Register for one or more of these free sessions by emailing; walk-ins are also welcome. Please bring a flash drive, a copy of your incomplete contract (if needed), and all prior assignment preparation (including research material, assignment instructions, and assignment writing format). Students should also let their faculty mentor know that they plan to attend if they are working on an assignment for an incomplete grade.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

A Celebration of the Short Story

SNL faculty member and DePaul alum Kristin FitzPatrick will be a featured presenter at this week's  A Celebration of the Short Story event. Listen to her read from her collection My Pulse is an Earthquake (Vandalia, 2015) and discuss her craft. 

Thursday, October 13, 6pm, Richardson 115

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


To celebrate SNL’s Month of Writing, the DePaul Writers Guild wants to feature members of the SNL community at their October 20 open mic. This is a great opportunity for SNL students, faculty, and staff to share their work with a supportive audience. It will also be a great opportunity to hear the work of other members of the DePaul community.

Thursday, October 20 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
1600 Lewis Center, 25 E. Jackson Blvd.
Featuring some of SNL's Month of Writing Challengers, Aloud! is a public reading event and open mic where writers can share their work with a supportive audience.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Excelsior College OWL

Excelsior College has launched a new version its Online Writing Lab for students who want additional support with their writing skills. It provides students with extensive information and activities to help them improve their writing skills.

Check it out here: