Thursday, July 28, 2011

SNL student, Maria Jasso de Razo, featured in Global Voices

SNL student Maria Jasso de Razo is featured in the first annual issue of Global Voices, the online magazine published by The Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research (CMWR) and The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL). Maria wrote her paper, "How English as a Second Language Affected my Reading and Writing," for SNL writing course, "Writing Together - Writing Well," taught by Steffanie Triller and Janise Hurtig. The essay depicts the hurdles Maria overcame as an ESL student learning to read and write. On her essay being chosen for Global Voices, Maria says, "I never imagined that I could write something that would be published. You don't know how much this means to me. I can't believe it."

Read her essay here:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Online Resource for Writers -- Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing

Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing - "is a book series containing peer-reviewed collections of essays--all composed by teachers for students--with each volume freely available for download under a Creative Commons license. The Writing Spaces' aims to build a library of quality open textbooks for the writing classroom as an alternative to costly textbooks."

One of the featured essays on the site is "How to Read like a Writer" by Mike Bunn. He discusses the difference between reading for content and actively reading for writing choices and techniques made by the author to better your own writing. Bunn writes, "Questioning why the author made certain decisions. Considering what techniques could have made the text better. Deciding how to include the best attributes of what you read in your own writing. This is what Reading like a Writer is all about." To read the whole text, please visit

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Writing Center Offers Forums for SNL Writing Projects

Independent Learning Pursuit Forums: These Forums are designed to foster discussion, provide information, and offer support to SNL students who are currently working on or beginning an Independent Learning Pursuit. These discussion-based events feature Writing Center Tutors, SNL faculty, and a research librarian, all of whom provide focused and individualized feedback to students. This is a great opportunity for SNL students to share tips and receive advice from their peers. All students and faculty are invited!
• July 16 from 12 noon to 2 pm (Naperville)
• August 1 from 4:30-6:30 pm (Loop--Lewis 1600)
• August 6 from 12 noon to 2 pm (O'Hare)

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Advanced Project Forums: AP Forums allow students to discuss their Advanced Projects with other students, UCWbL tutors, SNL faculty, and a librarian. Participants discuss the steps that need to be taken before beginning the Advanced Project, generating ideas for topics, beginning research, and managing the project once it begins. SNL students at all stages in their Advanced Projects and faculty are welcome.
• July 9 from 12 noon to 2 pm (O'Hare)
• July 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm (Loop--Lewis 1600)

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SNL Writing Forum: This unique Forum at the Oak Forest campus will feature guidance from two UCWbL tutors and a librarian. SNL students of all levels are welcome to come and discuss their ILPs, APs, and class assignments. Date: July 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Oak Forest).

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Research-Writing Workshops: Participate in this workshop to get feedback on your research project—whether it be a quarter-long class project, an AP or ILP, or a thesis. UCWbL tutors will also provide valuable tips to help you successfully complete your project.
• July 23 from 12 noon to 2 pm (O’Hare)
• August 6 from 12 noon to 2 pm (Naperville)

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