A Creative Writing Competition, Two Job Openings, & More!

Don’t forget, the Career Panel for English Students: How to Become a Publisher, featuring Albert DeGenova, Wendy McClure, and Doug Seibold, is happening TONIGHT at 6 p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall!


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The Union League Civic & Arts Foundation’s (CAF) 2013 Creative Writing Competition is now accepting submissions.

The competition is open to high school students (division 1), college students (division 2), graduate/postgraduate or young adults under the age of 30 (division 3).

This year CAF will award up to $13,000 in awards for excellence.  In addition to the substantial monetary prizes, this competition is a great opportunity for young writers to get their work noticed.  Past judges have included Golden Apple Recipients and published authors.  There is no application fee for participants.

Applicants can submit online at: civicandarts.org/index.php/arts_competitions. The deadline for application is June 1st, 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact administrative coordinator Meghan Phillipp at caf@civicandarts.org or (312) 692-2373.


StoryStudio, a ten-year-old company which offers more than 150 creative writing and business writing classes each year to more than 1,000 students on Chicago’s North Side, is looking forward to making its first full-time hire.

Follow the Creative Programs Director StoryStudio link to download the complete a job description for the position of Creative Programs Manager. In addition to the qualifications listed, StoryStudio is looking for someone with a great sense of humor to join a small team. Excellent writing skills and positive energy are a must, as well as a creative mind and a love for social media.

Any potential applicants can send a resume and cover letter to Jill Pollack at: jill@storystudiochicago.com


DePaul’s Office of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment is looking for a new Assistant Director for Teaching Support. This position will create and sustain programs and services that will improve the teaching quality of all faculty, especially new and part-time faculty, within departments and colleges as well as across the University.  This position will work with Deans, Associate Deans, department chairs and program directors, University/College/School Committees and individual faculty to promote and support innovative and effective teaching practices. One of the main responsibilities of the position is to oversee the Teaching Commons Teaching and Learning Certificate Program, which is a workshop series that incorporates building portfolios in Digication.

You can see the complete job description and requirements, as well as apply online, at jobs-depaul.icims.com/jobs/17558/job. If you are interested, please apply ASAP.


It has just been announced that the 2013 Chicago Writers Conference will take place on September 27-29th, 2013. The conference will start out with a kick-off party on the evening of Friday, September 27th. Events on Saturday and Sunday will be held at Harold Washington Library, just a block away from DePaul’s Loop campus.

Registration will open in May. For more information, check the CWC blog for updates, or follow CWC on facebook and twitter.


Another Publishing Internship Opportunity, Alumni News, & More

Current students, have you done your Online Teaching Evaluations? You have until midnight tonight, November 13th to (anonymously) tell the DePaul English Faculty how they’re doing. Check your email or Campus Connect for links to your evaluations.


Wicker Park Press, a ten-year-old independent book publisher in Chicago, has an internship opportunity available for students interested in small/independent presses.  Wicker Park Press is looking for energetic self-starters who can help utilize a great website platform and put some creative campaigns and web marketing tools together to promote the company’s books.

Site to work is 363 W Erie St Suite 4W Chicago, IL 60654. Hours flexible. Contact Eric Miller at 773-391-1199 or email eric@3ibooks.com

If you are a current DePaul English graduate student interested in receiving academic credit for this or any other internship, please check your email for instructions and contact Prof. Chris Green at cgreen1@depaul.edu with any other questions or concerns.


In Alumni News, those familiar with DePaul Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) may have noticed a familiar name on the organization’s blog today. Marcy Ferrey (M.A.W.P. 12) is a new ASK mentor and has written a piece for their blog on the value of internships.  You can read Marcy’s post, in which she shares the lessons she learned through her undergraduate and graduate internships, at bit.ly/ASKMarcyFarreyNov2012.

Marcy is in the ASK directory, available through DePaul.Experience, and students and alumni can connect with her or any of the other ASK mentors (all DePaul alumni in a variety of fields) directly for one-on-one mentoring. For more information on how to connect with an ASK mentor, please visit ask.depaul.edu/Students/MentoringandAdvice.

Community Organizing Job Opportunity, Alumni News, and More

REMINDER: The deadline for applying for PTS awards for the 2012 Spring Quarter is TOMORROW Wednesday, September 26th. Complete instructions and the application form can be found on the MAE and MAWP D2L sites under “Content.”


In Alumni News, congratulations to Marcy Ferrey (MAWP ’12) who recently acquired the position of Digital Content Editor for a new digital startup company, Career Girl Network. Marcy is putting her MAWP skills to work managing all of Career Girl Network’s digital content, writing and editing articles, and developing the website’s video platform.


The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 27th at 8 p.m. EST to discuss careers in the field of community organizing with students interested in empowering their communities and working for social change, and they are extending a special invitation to DePaul students and almuni in the English programs.

If you are interested in learning more about DART’s community organizing career opportunities, please RSVP by contacting Hannah Wittmer at hannah@thedartcenter.org or calling 785.506.8915 with your name, phone #, email address and year in school. You will then receive instructions for accessing the webinar.

DART is now accepting applications for the 2013 DART Organizers Institute, which trains and places individuals into full-time, salaried careers in community organizing.

The DART Center’s twenty affiliated organization have won important victories on a broad set of justice issues including:

  • Education reform in low-performing public schools
  • Job Training
  • Drugs and Violence
  • Criminal Recidivism
  • Living Wage
  • Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Predatory Lending
  • Affordable Housing, etc.

The DART Organizers Institute combines a classroom orientation with on the ground infield training at a local grassroots organization and in-field training site.  Organizers are provided with a cost of living stipend and travel. After successful completion of the program, graduates are placed into permanent full-time salaried positions earning $34,000/year + benefits, with an expected commitment to remain within the DART network for a minimum of three years.

The DART Organizers Institute will begin January 7th, 2013 and June 10th, 2013.  Training locations and permanent placements sites include cities in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, Virginia and Florida.

To find out more about DART or to apply, visit www.thedartcenter.org or contact Hannah Wittmer at hannah@thedartcenter.org or (785) 506-8915. The deadline to apply is midnight on October 1st, 2012.

Important MAE Reminder, Sheri Holman on Campus, and ASK Networking Breakfasts

Important reminder for current MAE students: The first Information Session for the Capstone Portfolio Requirement will be held this Saturday, September 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the SAC 232. Prof. Shanahan will explain the requirements for the Portfolio–which is replacing the Comprehensive Exam as the final requirement for the degree of Master of Arts in English for all current and future students effectively immediately–, describe how to submit your Portfolio materials using Digication, and answer any questions that you might have.

If you have not already RSVP’d to Ms. Jan Hickey at jhicke11@depaul.edu, please check your email for instructions on how to do so by the end of the day TODAY, September 12th.

If you are unable to attend this session, please contact Prof. Shanahan at jshanah1@depaul.edu to set up an individual appointment. For more information about the Capstone Portfolio Requirement, see this page.


Next week’s on-campus event with bestselling author Sheri Holman has officially been assigned a room. Please join the English Department and the University Honors Program on Friday, September 21st from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in SAC 154 for a reading and reception with Holman.


To learn more about Holman’s work and the topic of her conversation on the 21st, please see Ex Libris’s original post about the event.



Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) is DePaul’s network of committed alumni and friends who serve as career mentors, working with students one-on-one, in practice interviews and at job fairs, and speaking at networking events and open houses throughout the university.

One such event is the ASK Networking Breakfast Series, which kicks off next Tuesday, September 18th  from 8 to 9 a.m. at DePaul’s Loop campus with food, networking, and a presentation entitled “Building Your Professional Image.” Click on the attached flyers to see the full schedule of ASK Networking Breakfasts and how to RSVP. For more information about the ASK program, including events and mentoring, visit ask.depaul.edu.

Threshold Seeks New Editors, Updates at the Library, and More

Today in student news, congratulations to Rhiannon Falzone (MAWP), who got a story published on ChicagoSide, a new online Chicago sports magazine. Rhiannon’s story, “Chicago Hoops’ League-Leading Guard Is Back — And It’s Not D-Rose,” is her second piece for the site.

Congratulations also to Bethany Brownholtz (MAWP), who has been named the new Assistant Editor for the online literary journal Blood Lotus. Blood Lotus Journal was founded in 2006 and is run by a group of editors that live all over the United States. It primarily publishes fiction and poetry, although the journal accepts other types of submissions, and Bethany is hoping to see more non-fiction submissions.


Threshold, DePaul’s award-winning, all-student literary magazine needs new editors! The magazine is now searching for one Undergraduate and one Graduate Co-Editor to lead this year’s Threshold staff  in putting out a magazine that represents the very best of DePaul’s writers and artists. This is a great experience, a nice credit on a CV, and, as Prof. Dan Stolar promises, “a hell of a good time.” If you are selected to be one of Threshold‘s Co-Editors, you will be eligible to receive an internship credit for your work.

Graduate students interested in the Threshold Co-Editor position should turn in a 1-2 page application letter describing relevant experience and commitment, as well as a vision for the magazine, to Prof. Stolar’s mailbox in Arts and Letters Hall, Suite 312 by Thursday, Sept. 20th.

Additionally, if you are interested in working on the magazine at some level below the Co-Editor position, this is still the best way to make that interest known. Please indicate your preferred position(s) in your application letter.


It’s that time again: the annual Fall Job & Internship Fair is just one month away! Current students have been emailed a list of employers who will be recruiting, but both students and alumni are invited to attend the fair on October 5th from noon to 3:00 p.m.Visit the DePaul.Experience event page for more details.

Student and alumni pre-registration will be available through the above link until October 3rd. On-site registration will be available the day of the fair. Please note: This fair is NOT open to the public. Only DePaul students and alumni will be admitted.


Students planning on doing research this year will be excited to hear about new changes at the DePaul University Library. Here are the details direct from the Assistant Coordinator for Library Instruction and Online Learning, Jessica Guthrie:

1) WorldCat Local Brownbag Sessions

We will be holding brownbag sessions to introduce our new search interface, WorldCat Local.  No sign-up is necessary, and feel free to bring your lunch.  Refreshments will be served.

Student Sessions:
September 13th:  Loop Campus, DePaul Center Room 10028 from 12:00 – 12:30
September 20th:  Lincoln Park Campus,  Room 417 from 12:00 – 12:30

2) New Online Databases

Over the summer, we began subscriptions to the following databases:

New electronic content for Literary Criticism Online
We purchased the electronic archive for Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Poetry Criticism and Contemporary Literary Criticism, so we can have online access to these collections back to the first published volume.

Paley Center’s iCollection
This collection of streaming media contains over 15,000 full-length television and radio programs and spans 70 countries and almost 100 years. Content includes both news coverage and entertainment, with selected episodes from a wide range of new and old TV series. Users must create accounts here before using this program. The subscription id needed for registration is F5727344-7793-4059-AC67-154670DC3554. Last spring’s trial of this resource received an enthusiastic response from both faculty and students.

Godey’s Lady’s Book
Published from 1830-1898, Godey’s Lady’s Book was one of the first, and most successful, American women’s magazines. It is an important resource for the study of 19th century American life and culture, and contains a wide variety of content including essays, stories, fashion, illustrations and sheet music.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences XI 
Our JSTOR access now includes content from the Arts & Sciences XI collection, which focuses on scholarship in the Humanities. More information about this collection can be found at: http://about.jstor.org/content-collections/journals/arts-sciences-xi

3) OCLC Reciprocal Borrowing

The DePaul Libraries recently joined the OCLC Reciprocal Borrowing Program, a cooperative borrowing program that facilitates faculty use of research libraries across North America. Through this program full-time DePaul faculty members can gain borrowing privileges and on-site access to the collections of the nearly 200 libraries that participate in the program, including the University of Chicago, Northwestern and Loyola. For more details, please see the program description: library.depaul.edu/Services/oclcreciprocalfacultyborrowingpolicy.aspx

For a list of participating institutions, please visit the OCLC web site: oclc.org/membership/advisorycommittees/profile8.htm

To obtain a card, please contact our Access Services department: 773-325-7862

As always, students can also set up individual research consultations, as well as find help in our research guides, located here: http://libguides.depaul.edu

Career Panel and Job Postings from Chicago Artists’ Resource & More

This Thursday, May 24th, Chicago Artists Resource invites you to a panel entitled “Market Your Art Experience for Your Day Job” at 6 pm on the 5th Floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Details are as follows:

Can directing plays get you a job leading a creative team? Does curating art exhibits constitute “event planning” on your resume? Surveys indicate that artists are more highly educated than the general population, and yet many earn their livings in low-skill, low-wage jobs—waiting tables, temping, and walking dogs. What other kinds of jobs are available to people who want to schedule their lives around their art, not around their day job? Join this panel discussion on how arts workers can reposition their skills to get better paying employment. Admission free.


Christie Andersen is the Career Development Specialist at Columbia College Chicago. She helps students prepare for careers after graduation. This often involves helping them translate creative skills into job options, juggle job versus passion, and understand what companies look for when hiring. Eventually, this also involves weaving skills and strengths into resume and cover letters that get results.

Keith Griffith is Editorial Project Manager for Groupon Getaways. At Groupon, he oversaw the interviewing, hiring, and tonsuring of more than 100 writers. A writer and editor, Griffith is also a theater critic for the Chicago Reader.

Nick Keenan is Chief Technology Officer at Marshall Creative, an interactive agency founded by directors, designers, and producers from the Chicago theatre and comedy community. Nick worked for eight years as a sound engineer at the Goodman Theatre, while designing sound as a freelancer throughout Chicagoland. He began his life in web programming by automating the popular theatre jobs site BackstageJobs.com, and has since developed web sites and web applications for corporate brands and individuals in the real estate, financial, health care and cultural sectors.

Rose Walker is a recruiter with the Chicago office of Creative Circle, a national creative staffing business offering both freelance and full-time opportunities to candidates in design, creative technology, marketing and advertising functions.

Produced and moderated by John Carnwath, CAR Theater Researcher.


The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has posted 3 full-time positions and 10 paid student internships. All have application deadlines of May 31, 2012. Follow the links for details on each.


The Printers Row Lit Fest is on Saturday and Sunday, June 9th and 10th, 2012, and they are looking for volunteers! Volunteers that sign up are asked to work 6-8 hours shifts, can sign up for one or both days, and can choose up to three volunteer roles that you think you’d enjoy best. Volunteers get a free Printers Row Lit Fest T-shirt, free lunch, and behind-the-scenes access to the biggest literary event in the Midwest.

To volunteer for the Printers Row Lit Fest, please read the full instructions and register online. For more information about the Fest in general, visit  chicagotribune.com/entertainment/books/printersrowlitfest.


Reminder: Are you graduating/have you graduated from the DePaul MAE or MAWP during the 2011-2012 academic year? Would you like to see your profile on the Alumni section of Ex Libris? Email Maria at mhlohows@depaul.edu with your info by Tuesday, May 28th!

New Job & Internship Info

All are encouraged to attend a RESUME AND JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP FOR ENGLISH STUDENTS on Wednesday, May 30th from 5:00-6:00p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall Room 308. The workshop will by run by Ed Childs of the DePaul Career Center.


Current MAE and MAWP students looking for a summer internship should check their email for six summer internship opportunities available exclusively to DePaul students at this time.


In These Times has a job opening for a Web Editor. In These Times, a not-for-profit national monthly magazine based in Chicago, seeks an editor to manage inthesetimes.com and guide the magazine’s continued expansion into the digital frontier. Who are we looking for? A journalist and digital strategist who:

  • loves to think big about how serious journalism can survive on the Internet.
  • has experience managing a journalistic website, and knows what CMS and SEO stand for
  • has edited everything from blog posts to 3,000-word feature stories—quickly.
  • wants to play a multifaceted role in a mission-driven progressive organization.
  • is comfortable managing writers and interns.

The person hired will also help edit the print edition of the magazine. A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to In These Times’ mission is required. The successful applicant is expected to be fully involved in working with the staff in planning the magazine’s expansion and growth. HTML/CSS and photo editing skills strongly preferred.

Salary based on experience. Four-weeks paid vacation. Employer matched 401(k). Employer-paid medical and dental benefits. Please send cover letter, resume, two writing samples and two editing samples to webeditor@inthesetimes.com. No phone calls. This Chicago-based position will remain open until filled. In These Times is an equal opportunity employer. People of all ethnicities and genders are encouraged to apply.