Rita Leganski to Give Keynote Speech at Spring English Conference & More

Rita Leganski ap1 credit Neil GormanWe are excited to announce that Rita Leganski will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Spring English Conference. Leganski is a 2009 graduate of DePaul’s MAWP program, and this February she celebrated the release of her first book The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, a magical realist tale in the Southern Gothic tradition, which started out as a short story in Dan Stolar’s fiction class. We are honored to have Leganski speak at the conference, and we hope her presence encourages participation in this great student-run event.CFP flyer

As a reminder, the Spring English Conference is taking place on the afternoon of May 3rd, 2013, in Arts & Letters Hall. The keynote speech will begin at 7:00 p.m. The submission deadline is April 2nd, so we hope you keep the conference in mind while working on your finals week revisions! Visit the 2013 Submission Guidelines page for complete details.


All DePaul students and alumni are invited to the next ASK Networking Breakfast, the subject of which is “Lifelong Learning,” on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m., in the Loop Campus, DPC, 11th Floor, DePaul Club.

Critical to the success of a modern career is one’s own drive for continuous learning and development. But what does lifelong learning look like? Leading a discussion on this question at the March ASK Networking Breakfast will be ASK mentors Michelle Dash and Colleen Fashing.

ASK Advisory Board Member and ASK Mentor Michelle Dash is a User Experience Lead at Roundarch Isobar. She facilitates the planning process of various web sites by researching user needs, organizing information and developing web site strategies. She received an MS degree in Human Computer Interaction from DePaul University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan.  ASK mentor Colleen Fashing is Associate Director of Alumni Relations at DePaul University. She is also an adjunct faculty member in DePaul’s College of Communication. Colleen oversees alumni career services and volunteer opportunities. She obtained a BA from Eastern Illinois University and MA from Governors State University and she currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association.

Enjoy light breakfast, lively conversation, and open networking with ASK mentors, alumni professionals, and students.  Open to DePaul students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

To register, visit http://bit.ly/DePaulASKEvents. You can read more about the event at http://bit.ly/ASKBreakfastMarch2013.


Chicago magazine, the nation’s largest city monthly, is seeking an Assistant Editor to assist the editor in chief and edit and produce content for the culture section. If you consider yourself to be creative, organized, hard worker, and a self starter and have the desire to work for the best magazine in the Midwest, then please apply now!


  • Perform standard assistant duties for the editor in chief, including answering his or her phone; making appointments and travel arrangements; and doing his or her expense reports.
  • Draw up some contracts for freelancers; prepare a report every month on how the edit budget was spent.
  • Help to assign, edit, produce, and possibly write some departmental content (especially for Go, the back-of-the-book culture section, under the supervision of the Senior Culture Editor).
  • Be available to help fact check stories and pitch in with reporting stories if necessary.
  • Handle some general office administrative duties, such as ordering office supplies.


  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in the liberal arts; a journalism graduate degree preferred but not required.
  • Internship experience at a major magazine, newspaper, or website is preferred.

Apply for this job at corporate.tribune.com/pressroom/?page_id=2600.


Quiddity International Literary Journal has a position open for a managing editor. The position is full-time and salaried with benefits. The start date is June 1st, 2013.


  • Manage the production of Quiddity‘s international literary journal (print and electronic components), radio program, and website, upholding all quality, calendar, and budgetary expectations; manage and advance the distribution of Quiddity‘s international literary journal and public-radio program through traditional and emerging venues.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the submission systems (electronic and traditional) and acquisition processes for the print journal reading series, and radio program, including the coordination of query and galley correspondence as well as reading series proposals and contests
  • Coordinate and execute all editing and production schedules for the journal, radio, and website; coordinate the production schedule for the public-radio program; coordinate editorial board and staff meetings; support editorial board and staff through production processes
  • Advance Quiddity‘s subscriber base, listener base, readership, and distribution using established and emerging resources
  • Perform the layout for the journal’s interior print pages and its electronic format(s), design covers and promotional materials, manage web design, and expand web content
  • Supervise and mentor student interns and cultivate Quiddity‘s internship program, as well as other duties as assigned relative to academic affairs

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • MA, MFA, or MSc in Creative Writing, English, Communications, or related field
  • At least one year of experience with a print publication or journal of national distribution
  • Teaching experience with potential to supervise internships

Specific Skills:

  • Must possess savvy graphic design skills and be well versed in user-friendly, multimedia web development and social media
  • Proficiency in web design software and CSS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Audition (or similar software) Outlook, Excel, Access, File Transfer Protocol
  • Exceptional reading, writing, and proofing skills
  • Outstanding professional communication skills
  • Established track-record of organizational management and follow-through
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work outside of regular business hours when necessary
  • Ability to work as part of a collaborative team

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Supervise and mentor undergraduate student interns enrolled in Quiddity’s internship program

Other Functions:

  • With the approval of both the division chair and the supervisor, may teach courses in the Writing and Publishing and Communication Arts degree programs for an additional stipend at the qualifying adjunct pay rate

Working Conditions:

  • Twelve-month position, forty hours per week performed in-office, on-campus

Send resume or CV and letter of application detailing experience to Quiddity, 1500 N 5th Street, Springfield, IL 62702

Review of applications begins immediately.


Mental Floss is looking for a few new freelance contributors for their website in history, science, language, movies, literature, and other topics. Here are some recent favorites they have selected to give you an idea of what the site is all about: stumbleupon.com/lists/482127620363011216.

Mental Floss typically pays $100 per web story. Many of their web writers go on to write for the magazine, which might be more exciting and definitely pays better, but right now they are only hiring for the site.

If you’re interested, send links to three great stories you’ve written to deputy editor Erin McCarthy (erin@mentalfloss.com), and include one pitch (a headline and a paragraph to convince the editors they absolutely need it).

For more examples of recent stories, follow @mental_floss.


Chicago Public Library’s Poetry Fest and Two Freelance Jobs

Chicago Public Library’s Poetry Fest is coming up on April 28th. Poetry Fest is a free, day-long festival of entertaining poetry readings, workshops, performances and discussions taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Harold Washington Library Center. Join us for a day filled with fresh voices, unique perspectives and compelling artists. For more information about Poetry Fest visit chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/poetry_fest .

Award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca appears as the keynote speaker, replacing Les Murray, at the Chicago Public Library’s 13th Annual Poetry Fest on Saturday, April 28 at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 South State Street. Baca presents his keynote address at 2:00 p.m. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. This program is cosponsored by The Poetry Foundation. (Please Note: Les Murray’s appearance has been cancelled. Chicago Public Library apologizes for any disappointment or inconvenience.)

After being sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison at the age of 21, Jimmy Santiago Baca learned to read and write and found his passion for poetry. Three of his poems became part of Immigrants in Our Own Land, published in 1979, the same year he was released from prison. Like many Southwestern writers, Baca identifies with the land around him and the myths that are part of his culture. Baca’s memoir, A Place To Stand, won the prestigious International Award. He also is the winner of the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the National Poetry Award, two Southwest Book Awards and the International Hispanic Heritage Award.


Amy Sprenger is an Author/Blogger looking for a freelance book editor.

In Amy’s words: “I have recently completed an 85,000-word humorous women’s fiction novel and am looking for a freelance editor. The plot revolves around a character who unexpectedly finds out she has a high-risk pregnancy and is placed on strict bedrest for four months while she and her husband are gut-rehabbing their house; hilarity ensues. I am looking mostly for line edits, but would welcome any pacing/plot/character development comments. The copy is relatively clean as I am a former journalist and current blogger. I am hoping to publish this as an ebook this summer.”

Please contact Amy at amy.sprenger@gmail.com if interested.


The American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation is seeking an editor/project manager who can work on a contract basis for two months, with renewal or permanent position possible. Work  consists of editing and posting the content of 12 Section of Litigation committees and preparing and sending committee e-newsletters. Additional responsibilities include choosing articles for social media release and writing blurbs to suit, copyediting and proofreading materials  prepared by other Section departments, tracking and reporting data, and other tasks for the Section and ABA Publishing as needed.

Skills and attributes preferred:

  • Solid copyediting/proofreading skills as demonstrated by performance on a test
  • Ability to handle numerous simultaneous projects and overlapping deadlines with equanimity
  • Highly developed project management/time management skills
  • Sophisticated  communication skills for daily interaction with lawyer volunteers and cooperative engagement with staff of numerous departments

Experience that is a plus:

  • Producing web content/rewriting editorial for web
  • Working with volunteer contributors/editors
  • Working with freelancers
  • Writing/rewriting headlines and decks
  • Editing legal materials
  • Curating editorial for social media distribution

Minimum of three years publishing experience is required. Please respond by sending a cover letter and resume via email to Monica Buckley (email below–no phone calls, please). Apply asap.

Monica Buckley
Director, Section of Litigation Periodicals
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL60654

Student News and a Freelance Job Posting

Today Ex Libris is excited to bring you two Student News announcements:

Rhiannon Falzone (MAWP) has had an essay published in The Violet, an online quarterly magazine based in California. Rhiannon’s essay, entitled “Let Her Go,” appears in the spring issue, which has the theme of Rebirth.

Rhiannon had previously read parts of “Let Her Go,” on the DePaul Radio Student Writers Series, but had to cut it to 1200 words before sending it to The Violet. “[It] brought out my love of editing,” Rhiannon says, “At first it felt a bit daunting, but I actually love this version much more.” You can read the essay at thevioletonline.com. Congratulations Rhiannon!


Congratulations also to MAWP students Jennifer Houghton, Jency Kanichirayil, and Angel Woods, who have been selected to take part in Thursday’s master class with noted novelist and essayist Eileen Pollack. Thanks to everyone who submitted work.

All students are welcome at this event, which takes place this Thursday, April 12, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Rosatti Room 300 of the John T. Richardson Library in Lincoln Park. Please plan on being there to support Jennifer, Jency, and Angel, and benefit from hearing the response of a successful author to their drafts. The Master Class will be followed by a reading by Eileen Pollack at 6 p.m. in room 115 of the library.


Connect Search, LLC is looking for a technical writer for a contract job in Evanston. It is a 4 month contract, possibly longer. Applicants must have experience with Adobe InDesign. Here are the details:

Responsibilities: Planning and writing a variety of technical documentation deliverables, including user guides, online help content, administration guides, and API documentation for web and mobile software.



  • 3+ years of experience creating technical documentation or user assistance deliverables for software
  • Experience writing for both end users and software developers
  • Experience documenting large Web-based applications
  • Superior writing skills, with an emphasis on clarity and structure.  Review of example work product will be part of the interview process.
  • Must be proficient with Adobe In Design


  • BS/MS, preferably in Technical Communications, English, or Computer Science
  • Experience documenting APIs (Java or .NET preferred)
  • Experience documenting XML technologies, including Web services
  • Experience documenting mobile applications

Work environment: This is an individual contributor role, working in our Evanston location.  Work is non-routine and complex, working directly with Development teams to understand and translate technical concepts, designs, and completed product features into written materials readily understood by a non-technical audience.

For more information on Connect Search, please visit www.connectsearchllc.com.  To apply for the position, please contact Erin Bauer, Vice President of Recruiting at ebauer@connectsearchllc.com, 312-422-1600 Office, or 312-422-1601 Fax.

Lessons from Chicago Women in Publishing: Guest Post by Rhiannon Falzone

Last week, a few lucky women from the MAWP program got to attend an event offered by Chicago Women in Publishing. Among them was Rhiannon Falzone, who was generous enough to write about what she learned at the event and share it with the rest of us in a very detailed guest post. You can read more of Rhiannon’s writing at any time at her personal blog, chicagogirlmoveson.blogspot.com. Thanks, Rhiannon!


Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) is a nonprofit volunteer organization that began in 1972. This organization exists for non-professional editors and writers and individuals currently working in the writing and publishing industries.

On Wednesday, February 15, along with two other students from the MAWP program, I attended an event, The Freelance Edge: The Thrill of the Hunt: Finding and Retaining Great Clients. Over the course of two hours, I heard from experts on freelance writing and editing, business coaching, time management, and pricing management, giving the attendees tips on the best ways to efficiently market themselves.

The keynote speaker was Vickie Austin, a public speaker, business coach, career coach, and writer living in Chicago. There is a reason this woman makes a living from public speaking and coaching people on pursuing their passions; she commanded the room. The first thing she did was physically move the table at the front of the room. “Own the room!” she shouted.

Walking up and down the aisle in a room of forty-fifty people, 99% of them women, she advised all of us to, “Have a plan. You are in business and any good business has a written business plan for 3-5 years in the future.” She spoke of the actual physical endorphin rush one can get when accomplishing tasks on to-do lists; this is something that made me nod and nearly say, “Absolutely!” out loud.

Other tips she shared:

  1. Grow your “Golden Rolodex.” Know how to network for results. Use everyone who knows you by name, which is everyone who is breathing. Begin with who you know and be willing to give referrals as much as you ask for help.
  2. Find a community. I.e. Chicago Women in Publishing, where you can share your values and visions.
  3. Build your “posse.” Surround yourself with your cheerleaders, the people who support your mission.
  4. Figure out your mission. Find out what you love. Make your work something you love and can build and pass on.
  5. Give back. Be a mentor.

After the keynote speaker was finished, I chose to stay for a “Time Management” session with Kellie Christiansen, a freelance writer and editor. There was also the option of moving to adjoining rooms for talks on taxes and contract negotiations and the best ways freelance editors and writers can protect themselves. Kellie spoke about common pitfalls such as over-booking and under-booking ourselves, which are things we can control, and the thing we can’t control: distractions and surprises. She spoke of the four big “Don’ts.”

  1. Don’t let anyone else set your schedule. Be honest with a client about how long you estimate a project may take. The only thing a person has to trade on is their reputation.
  2. Don’t take on too much and don’t be afraid to ask for more time.
  3. Don’t be afraid to turn down projects. There will always be another one, truly.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for more money. Time really is money. You are the one determining how much your work is worth.

From this event I took away the following:

Be organized and more importantly, keep yourself organized. I am in charge of my time and how I choose to spend it/who I give it to. It’s crucial to decide what my daily schedule will look like: how many hours a day do I want to spend writing? How many hours can I spend writing, realistically? How many freelance projects should I take on at one time? When do I do my best work? As I continue the MAWP program and consider doing freelance work, all of these are things I must consider so I’m able to do my best possible work.

The overall theme of the night was making a plan for yourself and how to put it to work. What’s your plan?

More information can be found on the Chicago Women in Publishing website: http://www.cwip.org/index.html.


Do you have an idea for the next Ex Libris guest post? Email Maria at mhlohows@depaul.edu.