Monday, October 24, 2011

Open Access Resources for Writers

Colorado State University has developed an open-access resource for writers, available by visiting: The texts currently on the site are The Informed Writer: Using Sources in the Disciplines, Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing Volumes I and II, Writing Commons…the Home for Writers, The Process of Research Writing, and Paradigm Writing Assistant. Colorado State intends to expand upon the current posted resources “by providing access to previously published textbooks and by creating a collection of new textbooks.”

Another online writing resource is, in development at the University of Virginia. The site’s library presently offers “lessons on argument, problem framing, and style—all geared towards first-year college students.” Writers have the option to join in the conversation by posting on one of the site’s “public forums for discussion, including a writers’ forum, a teachers’ forum, and individual class blogs.”

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Thursday, October 20th is National Day on Writing!

October 20th has been officially recognized as the National Day on Writing by the US Senate since 2009. How can you celebrate writing on this day?

You could read selections or contribute your own to The National Gallery of Writing, available through the National Council of Teachers of English.

You could tune into the National Writing Project’s radio show titled “Why I Write” by visiting here at 5pm CST.

If you have a twitter account, you could help #whyiwrite become a trending topic by expressing your motivations for writing in 140 characters or less.

DePaul is also hosting writing-focused programming to celebrate the National Day on Writing!

If you are in the Chicago area, you could visit the “Gallery of Writers Display” that will be at the Lincoln Park and Loop Student Centers. Posters representing writers from different DePaul offices and departments will showcase “what writing means to them and what kinds of writing they do.”

As part of the Writing and Rhetoric Across Borders International speaker series, a talk entitled “Belles Lettres to Rhetorical Genre Studies: Writing Studies and Rhetoric in Canada 1900 -2000” will be given by University of Alberta Professor Roger Graves in SAC (2320 N. Kenmore, Chicago) in Room 254 at 6pm.

If you cannot commit to participating in one of the above, simply approach your routine daily writing tasks (be it emailing, blogging, journaling, or even texting) with a mindfulness of the day.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Student Writing Resource: Extended Project Support Tutors Available through UCWbL

Do you have students looking for writing support on papers longer than 20 pages? Good news! Students seeking writing guidance on an advanced project, independent learning project, or any paper lengthier than 20 pages can apply for a dedicated writing tutor to provide feedback on his or her writing project. The University Center for Writing-based Learning now offers Extended Project Support (EPS) tutors to provide consistent commentary on long-term projects. This support also allows the writer more time each week than normal writing center services permit, up to four hours per week. There are several methods in which the tutors provide feedback to the student, including written feedback by email, via IM/ Webcam, or face to face appointments.

Please direct students here for more information and to apply for an EPS tutor.

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Student Samples Available on the SNL Writing Guide

If you have students interested in viewing sample "A" papers, SNL Writing has added new student samples for the following assignments:


Advanced Elective papers
Advanced Projects
Externship journals
Research Seminar proposals


MAAPS learning plans
MAEA final projects

Some of the papers are annotated with writing tips that highlight "what worked" in the student's paper, including word choice, structure, and proper citations. View them by visiting the SNL Writing Guide:

Monday, October 3, 2011

Upcoming Writing Center Forums for SNL Students

A reminder that the Independent Learning Pursuit Forum offered through DePaul's University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) is being given Saturday, October 8th, 12pm to 1:30pm in Room 307 at the O’Hare Campus.

Students may make reservations here.

The UCWbL is also hosting two upcoming Advanced Project Forums:

Saturday, October 15th, from 12:00 to 1:30pm, Room 220 (Naperville)
Monday, October 24th, from 12:00 to 1:30pm, Lewis 1600 (Loop)

Students may make reservations here.

These forums allow SNL Writers to discuss their projects with other students, Writing Tutors, 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.

Feel free to contact Writing Group Coordinator, Edward Evins, at with any questions.