An Internship Opportunity, Free Creative Writing Classes, & a Call for Book Reviews

Academy Chicago Publishers is currently looking for two or three interns for an unpaid winter internship in the publishing industry. Zhanna Vaynberg, a recent MAWP graduate, is the managing editor at Academy Chicago Publishers in charge of finding interns, making this an especially promising opportunity for current DePaul English graduate students looking to get a foot in the door at a local independent publishing company.

Academy Chicago Publishers provides a laid-back office environment where interns can pick their hours to work around their schedules. Tasks vary from marketing & social media to reading submissions, proofreading galleys, updating the website, and more. The variety in tasks looks good on a resume and can help the intern figure out exactly which part of publishing they enjoy doing the most.

Email resumes and short (3-4 sentences) cover letter about why you’d like to join Academy Chicago Publishers to Zhanna at

If you are a current DePaul English graduate student interested in getting academic credit for this internship, please contact Internship Director Chris Green at, or check your inbox for more information.


The weekend of December 1st and 2nd, the Northwestern MA/MFA in Creative Writing Program will offer free writing classes for the public for the eighth year. “The Apprentices: Free Community Creative Writing Classes” will take place at 405 Church St., at Northwestern’s Evanston campus. All workshops are taught by Northwestern graduate students.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, December 1st

  • 9 a.m. Turn off Your Brain: Using Automatic Writing for Inspiration (Patrick Bernhard)
  • 10 a.m.  From the Page to the Stage: How to Read Your Work in Front of an Audience (Dana Norris)
  • 11 a.m. A Past that Bears Repeating: Writing Historical Scenes (Rebecca Bald)
  • 12 p.m. Sneaking Past the Gatekeeper: Generating Ideas & Welcoming Creativity (Heather Cunningham)
  • 1 p.m. It’ll Be Funny Someday: A Dark Humor Workshop (Michelle Cabral)
  • 2 p.m. Embracing Ekphrasis: Writing Poetry About Art (Dane Hamann)
  • 3 p.m. It’s Not Stealing if it’s a Cento: a Poetry Workshop (Aaron DeLee)

Sunday, December 2nd

  • 9 a.m. Back to the Future: How Flashbacks Can Help Your Story  (Ross Ritchell)
  • 10 a.m. Fragmented Narrative in Fiction and Nonfiction (Jesse Eagle)
  • 11 a.m. To Tell True Stories, You Must Lie (Alex Higley)
  • 12 p.m. How I See it: Changing Meaning by Changing Point of View (Lydia Pudzianowski)
  • 1 p.m. Great Expectations: How to Subvert Readers’ Assumptions (Alisa Ungar-Sargon)
  • 2 p.m. Smash-Bang: Increase Your Story’s Impact by Ramping Up Conflict (Michael Anson)
  •  3 p.m. Hookers I Have Loved: Writing Catchy Openings (Eric Grawe)
  • 4 pm. Techniques for Writing About Emotion in Prose (Mercedes Lucero)

Classes are for writers with various levels of experience. Prose writers may find the poetry workshops useful, and vice versa. In order to give as many people as possible a chance to take the classes registration is limited to five or fewer classes per person. You may register for a maximum of five classes. Each is taught by a graduate student in creative writing at Northwestern.

To register, please email with the classes you wish to register for and your phone number, or call 847-491-5612.  Classes are 50 to 55 minutes long. Please bring paper, pen or pencil, or laptop. Classes are free but donations will be accepted to benefit Young Chicago Authors.


Harpur Palate, a biannual literary journal published by graduate students at Binghamton University, has recently begun a Reviews section on its blog, and has issued a subsequent call for submissions. Harpur Palate is now looking for quality reviews of books (or chapbooks) of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Review Guidelines: Harpur Palate welcomes unsolicited, previously unpublished reviews for the web review section of its blog. Reviews may be on recently published short story collections, novels, poetry full-lengths, or poetry chapbooks by emerging or established writers. In terms of length, brevity (2,000 words or less) is optimal, but they will consider reviews up to 5,000-words. The review should merit its length. They will consider reviews written in any style, from the more objective to the unabashedly subjective and narrative. They only ask that reviewers support their conclusions with contextualized text from the work being reviewed. Please avoid plot summaries that don’t illustrate important ideas.

Accepted reviews will be published on Harpur Palate’s blog, noted in the Harpur Palate journal, and promoted on Harpur Palate’s Facebook page.

Submit a review with a brief cover letter via our Submittable page. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable.


Banned Books Week, Student News, and More

In Student News, congratulations to Mellissa Gyimah (M.A.W.P.), who recently participated in the International Student Voice Magazine essay competition and made the top 10 out of over 700 submissions! You can read Mellissa’s essay on the International Student Voice Magazine’s website.


The Winter 2013 schedule is posted! Please note that this schedule is still subject to change and will be so for a while. Over the next two weeks, we will be adding course descriptions from the professors to the page, so keep checking back as you plan your schedule for the rest of the year.


Banned Books Week runs September 30th through October 6th. The University Center for Writing-based Learning and the DePaul University Libraries are celebrating free speech all week long with a series of banned-book centered events, and they would like extend an invitation to all readers and writers:

Panel Discussion on Free Speech and Book-banning
Thursday, October 4th, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Richardson Library, Room 115
Heather Jagman, Coordinator of Library Instruction and Lauri Dietz and Rene De los Santos of the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Department will sit for a panel discussion about censorship and intellectual freedom.

Banned Books Readings
Tuesday, October 2nd through Thursday, October 4th, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park Student Center Atrium
During these times, the UCWbL Outreach Team will be hosting open readings of banned and challenged books, including favorites like Howl,  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and …And Tango Makes Three. All are invited to stop by and listen, or grab a book from the table and step up to the mic.

Speaking of Speech…
Wednesday, October 3rd, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Loop Student Center Atrium
Show up and engage in an open discussion about information accessibility and First Amendment rights.


And finally, an important reminder to those pursuing the Two-Year College Teaching Certificate: Applications for Two-Year College Teaching Internships for Winter/Spring 2013 are due electronically on Thursday, October 11th.

If you have previously applied, please send Dr. Carolyn Goffman ( updated CV, transcripts, and one-page letter; if you choose, you may also submit a new writing sample.

If you have not already spoken with Dr. Goffman about the internships, or if you simply want to find out more about this program, please email her to make an appointment.

To apply, please email the following materials to

  • One-page letter in which you 1) explain your interest in two-year college teaching; 2) list any other jobs or obligations that would affect your availability; and 3) answer this: Do you have a car, or will you be relying on public transportation to get to your internship?
  • Curriculum Vitae. Include names of two DePaul faculty members who know your work; you do NOT have to provide letters of recommendation
  • Writing Sample: academic or creative writing; a substantial piece that shows what you can do.
  • DePaul transcripts (these can be sent through Campus Connect)
  • Other transcripts if you are not in the MAE or MAWP program. These do not have to be official transcripts. You may scan and email those to me.

For a list of available internships, current students should check their email. If you would like to find out more about the Two-Year College Teaching Certificate, please visit the official web page, and contact Dr. Goffman with any other questions or concerns.

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 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 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.

Reminders, Two-Year College Teaching Internships, and Job Openings at the Writing Center

Welcome back, students and faculty, from what was hopefully a very relaxing spring break! In case you did a little too much relaxing and forgot what was posted on Ex Libris before the break, here are a few reminders of upcoming dates and deadlines.


Applications for a Fall 2012 Internship in Teaching English in the Two-Year College are due to Prof. Carolyn Goffman by Friday, April 20th at 5 p.m.

To Apply:

Please provide PAPER COPIES of the following:

  • One-page cover letter explaining your interest in the internship. Include information about your availability (scheduling restrictions, other jobs or responsibilities) and transportation (that is, do you have a car, or will you be relying on public transportation?)
  • C.V. ,including names of references (you do NOT have to provide letters of reference unless requested later)

Please send these ELECTRONICALLY:

  • Writing Sample (in Word format)
  • Transcripts (unless you prefer to send hard copies). If you are NOT in the MAE or MAWP programs, please include undergraduate transcripts. They do not have to be official versions; a photocopy is fine.

If you have any questions about the internship or the Teaching English in the  Two-Year College Certificate, please email Prof. Goffman at


The University Center for Writing-based Learning at DePaul is looking for empathetic and intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students to work as peer writing tutors during the 2012/2013 academic year. Applications are due on April 23rd, 2012 at noon.

Please visit to learn how and why to apply for a job at the DePaul UCWbL. Any questions can be directed to UCWbL Director Dr. Lauri Dietz at

Anthony Grafton at the Chicago Humanities Festival and Chicago Shakespeare Internships

The Chicago Humanities Festival is hosting an upcoming event with Anthony Grafton on the past, present, and future of the book. It will take place on Saturday, March 31 at 2pm at First United Methodist Church (77 West Washington Street).

Grafton, a distinguished writer, author, and professor of history at Princeton University, will be giving a lecture entitled, “The Book: Past, Present, and Future,” which the event page describes as:

“Many of us love a good cliffhanger, but today we find ourselves in a state of suspense about the book itself. What happens next for the beloved bound volume? Future generations may well live without books, consuming text on various electronic devices networked to infinitely large databases. Anthony Grafton, professor at Princeton University, is a leading historian of the book. Admired for definitive accounts of the libraries, book trade, and humanistic scholarship of the early modern period, he is best known to a larger public as the author of the bestseller The Footnote: A Curious History and as a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.  In the age of the e-book, Grafton addresses the crux of the book’s future: are the coming days a techno-utopia, the entire library of world culture at our fingertips, or cause for anguish at the loss of the iconic artifact of learning?”

The venue for the event is very large (almost 1,000), which means that there is an unusually high number of available seats. So the Chicago Humanities Festival has decided to admit DePaul students free of charge. Simply show up at the venue with a valid student ID a half an hour before the start.


There are new internships available at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Casting, Advancement, Education, and Marketing/PR. Applications are due on April 9th. Visit this link for complete internship descriptions and how to apply.


Happy Spring Break to all our current students! Ex Libris will be back on Monday, March 26th.

Internships, a Call for Papers, & More

Just a handful of announcements and reminders for today:

Grad students: are you ready to begin enrolling in Winter 2012 courses? Enrollment appointments will take place throughout the coming week, so check your Campus Connect account if you haven’t already. If you’re still deciding on classes and you’re curious about course descriptions, check Ex Libris frequently, because professors and sending them in, and we’re posting them here as we get them.

The Chicago Humanities Festival has three internship opportunities available for January-May 2012. The application deadline is Nov. 15. Details can be found on the Chicago Humanities Festival website, and current MAE and MAWP students have been emailed application forms.

Concordia University has announced a call for papers for its 10th Annual English Literature Graduate Colloquium, which will take place March 2-3, 2012 at Concordia University in Montreal.  This year’s Colloquium, entitled  “Enunciating the End: The Apocolypse, Textual Futures, and What Comes Next,” will investigate the concept of ‘ending’ as it pertains to us in literature, culture, and the scope of history.

Graduate students are invited to contribute to this interdisciplinary English Literature colloquium by submitting a 200-250 word abstract and a 50-100 word bio to no later than Jan. 13th, 2012. Click to enlarge the flyer for more information, and visit their very cool blog at

On Monday, we posted about the great selection of events coming up at the Guild Literary Complex (have you submitted your prose for the Prose Awards yet?). Today we have a few more details about one of those events.

This Friday, Oct. 14 begins the 2011 Season of Tour Guides. Poetry meets the stage meets Chicago in this theatrical exploration of urban life. Collaboratively written by members of the Poetry Performance Incubator, this ensemble piece offers a lyrical tour of the Chicago tourists never see. The 2011 production combines some of what you loved from the 2010 production – including award-winning theater director and poet Coya Paz- along with brand new writing and a brand new cast.

The show runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 14th – Nov. 6th at 7pm at the Logan Square Arts Center, 2800 N. Milwaukee Ave. (2nd floor), Chicago

Tickets are $10 online OR $15 at the door (students $10 at the door with student i.d.) Details and tickets at

A Writing Contest, a Job Fair, and Four Faculty Writers

While going through Ex Libris announcements this afternoon, it occurred to Jan Hickey and me that were someone so inclined, one could easily attend a writerly event almost every single day in October. It’s just a good time to be an English Graduate student!

Check back frequently for events, writing contests, and other news as they are flooding the Ex Libris inbox, and we want to share them all with you! Here’s today’s batch:

The Guild Literary Complex is having a writing contest, and they want to give away some award money! Fiction and non-fiction writers are invited to enter the Annual Prose Awards in Short Fiction and Non-Fiction. Not only will the winner in each category receive a $250 prize, but this year’s winners will be chosen by Alex Kotlowitz (non-fiction) and Rosellen Brown (fiction). The final judged winners will be announced for the first time live at the recognition event itself, and the audience will vote that night to name this year’s Audience Favorite. Submission deadline is Oct. 14th, and the awards event will take place Nov. 2nd. For full details and submission guidelines, visit the Guild Literary Complex contest page.

580 Split, the annual graduate literary journal housed at Mills College in Oakland, California, is pleased to announce a Call for Submissions for Issue 14, “A Gathering of Voices”. Submission deadline is Oct. 31st for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and visual arts. Guidelines and details can be found at

There’s a brand-new literary magazine gearing up for a mid-2012 launch, and they are looking for submissions from “fantastic new voices.” The Ingo Village Review is currently accepting submissions of creative writing in all genres. Details and submission guidelines can be found at

Get your suits to the dry cleaners this week, because the Fall Job & Internship Fair is taking place on Friday, Oct. 07 from 11:00 AM — 3:00 PM at the LPC Student Center. For details and a full list of employers, visit the event page. (Note: This event is open to DePaul students and alumni ONLY.)

And finally, if you haven’t already, take a look at the Fall 2011 issue of DePaul Magazine in which four MAWP faculty are featured in the article “When the Teacher is an Author.” Bayo Ojikutu, Achy Obejas, Hannah Pittard and Christine Sneed share their insights on meshing two careers and how one informs the other. Read this very inspirational article at and if you are lucky to have one of these four professors, make sure to give them a big congratulations!