Upcoming Readings Featuring MAWP Students and More

In Student News: Michael Van Kerckhove (M.A.W.P.) will be part of the inaugural line-up of That’s All She Wrote, a brand new entry into the alive and well Chicago live-lit storytelling scene. Michael will be debuting a new personal story at this reading, and you can support him and enjoy the live literature of That’s All She Wrote at Swim Cafe at 1357 W. Chicago Avenue this Sunday, October 14th at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30). The event is free and food will be available. Swim Cafe is BYOB.

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In honor of the National Day on Writing, The University Center for Writing-based Learning’s Writers Guild will present a public reading of original works of non-fiction, fiction, essays, and poetry by its members, and all are invited to attend. The event will take place on Thursday, October 18th, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on the second floor of the LPC Student Center in the Performance Area.

Members of The Writers Guild including M.A.W.P. students Raul Palma, David Mathews, and Mark Brand, alum Jennifer Finstrom (M.A.W.P. ’12) and other DePaul undergraduates and faculty members will share pieces of their writing that they have been discussing and critiquing throughout the quarter. Writers Guild and Writing Groups staff members will be on-hand to share information about our work and how to get involved with the UCWbL and The Writers Guild.

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In addition to this reading, the UCWbL will also be hosting a program called National Day on Writing Literacy Narratives on Wednesday, October 17th. Students, faculty, and staff who would like to share their literacy narrative in a recording session can join the UCWbL on this day from 10am-12pm in the LPC Student Center Atrium or from 1-3pm on the 11th Floor of the Loop DePaul Center to record a quick statement on why you write or to describe an impactful literacy experience. These videos will be shared via the UCWbL YouTube page as a celebration for National Day on Writing.

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And finally, if you’re looking to do some literary sightseeing this weekend, the Poetry Foundation will once again take part in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, a free public event that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 150 buildings across the city and suburbs. Visitors to the building on Saturday, Oct. 13th and Sunday, Oct 14th from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. both days will have an opportunity to explore the space over the weekend as well as get a rare glimpse into the making of Poetry magazine, celebrating its centennial in 2012. The Poetry Foundation is located at 61 West Superior Street, and you can find out more about them at poetryfoundation.org.

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Student Government Representation and a Call for Papers

Happy National Day on Writing, everyone! How are you celebrating writing today? Perhaps by catching the Essay Fiesta performance coming up in the student center?

And have you been checking Winter 2012 for course descriptions? We’re right in the middle of registration week and almost all of them are up. Best of luck to everyone registering for classes.

Grad Students: If you ever have an issue you would like to bring to the DePaul Student Government Association (SGA), Morgan Taylor is your representative on the 2011-2012 SGA Senate. Morgan Taylor is the Senator for Graduate, Law, and Adult Students. She can be contacted any time at Morgantaylor1989@yahoo.com. For more information on the DePaul SGA, visit sga.depaul.edu.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Purdue University is excited to announce  a call for papers for the upcoming graduate symposium themed “Global Perspectives on Linguistic Studies”. They welcome submissions in all areas of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.

An anonymous abstract of no more than 300 words must be submitted in PDF format to the Graduate Symposium Committee by Dec. 15, 2011. In your e-mail submission please include the presenter’s name, institution of affiliation, e-mail address, and phone number . Please do not include any identifying information on the abstract itself. You will be informed of the committee’s decision after January 15, 2012.

Please send all submissions and inquiries to: Ager Gondra at agondra@purdue.edu. A $20 fee will be charged for accepted papers. Proceedings from the symposium will be published in an online format. Please visit the FLL Graduate Student Committee website for further details: web.ics.purdue.edu/~fllgsc/Symp.html

Essay Fiesta, Turcotte Reading, and a PhD Program

Did you know that this Thursday, Oct. 20 is the National Day on Writing? The National Day on Writing, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, honors the significance of writing in our lives and draws attention to the remarkable variety of writing that we engage in. NDW emphasizes the lifelong process of learning to write and encourages Americans to write, enjoy, and learn from the writing of others.

In honor of National Day on Writing, the University Center for Writing-based Learning Writers Guild is teaming up with Essay Fiesta to present a reading of creative works, and all are invited to attend what promises to be an exciting evening! The event will take place this Thursday, Oct. 20th, from 4-5:30pm in room 120A of the LPC Student Center.

Essay Fiesta’s mission is to bring together a cross-section of Chicago’s art and writing communities for evenings of first-person, non-fiction essays and charity. In this special event, students from the Writers Guild will be collaborating with Essay Fiesta to share creative pieces that they have been discussing and critiquing throughout the quarter. There will also be opportunities to learn more about and get involved with UCWbL Writing Groups and Writers Guild.

For more information, contact the Writing Groups team at WritingGroups@depaul.edu, and check out the event on Facebook!

MAWP professor Mark Turcotte will be speaking and reading at “Poets and Editors,” part of the University of Michigan’s Zell Visiting Writers Series. Turcotte, along with poets Vievee Francis and Mary Leader and their editors, Reginald Gibbons, Parneshia Jones, and Tony Frazer, respectively, will read from recent books and discuss the collaborative process of bringing a book of poetry into print. The day-long event will include a roundtable discussion, a panel, and a reading.

This event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the University of Michigan campus, so if you’d like to make the trek to what is sure to be a great event, you have time to plan. For those of us who can’t make it, we extend our congratulations to Prof. Turcotte for being featured. Click on the poster for details.

The PhD Program in Cultural Studies at Trent University has announced that they are now accepting applications for 2012-13. Details on this unique, intensive four-year program can be found at www.trentu.ca/culturalstudiesphd/. For questions, please contact culturalstudies-phd@trentu.ca.

Tomorrow is the National Day on Writing

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 is the National Day on Writing! Started by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Day on Writing seeks to celebrate the significance of writing in our everyday lives. As stated on their website, the National Day on Writing will:

  • celebrate the foundational place of writing in Americans’ personal, professional, and civic lives.
  • point to the importance of writing instruction and practice at every grade level, for every student and in every subject area from preschool through university.
  • emphasize the lifelong process of learning to write and composing for different audiences, purposes, and occasions.
  • recognize the scope and range of writing done by the American people and others.
  • honor the use of the full range of media for composing.
  • encourage Americans to write and enjoy and learn from the writing of others.  

The University Center for Writing-based Learning seeks to bring the national celebration of writing to DePaul’s campus with several events throughout the day. Because the National Day on Writing coincides with Human Dignity Week, the Writing Center is acknowledging and celebrating both with writing events that focus on identity and self-expression through writing.  

MAE and MAWP students should pay particular attention to the Roger Graves reading at 6pm titled “From Belles Lettres to Rhetorical Genre Studies: Writing Studies and Rhetoric in Canada 1900-2000.” Professor Graves and his wife Professor Heather Graves were both professors in the English Department at DePaul before relocating to Canada around 2005. We welcome Professor Graves back to the campus and look forward to his talk.

Read about all of the events, hosted by the University Center for Writing-based Learning, below:

11-5 DePaul Center Student Union
Scrabble Tournament
Challenge Writing Center Tutors and Writing Fellows to a game of Scrabble, or help the Lincoln Park Office battle the Loop Office in a cross-campus, electronic Scrabble game!

Gallery of Writers Poster Making
Who are DePaul Writers, and What Do They Write? Come let us know and create a poster that promotes YOU as a writer!

If you contribute a poster to our Gallery of Writers, you will receive a free “I Write with Pride.” t-shirt.

4-6 DePaul Center 8002
Multicultural Poetry Reading
The University Center for Writing-Based Learning invites you to come to a multilingual poetry reading. Share your original work in any language, or read one of your favorite poems.

11-5 Lincoln Park Student Center Atrium
Human Dignity Celebration & Gallery of Writers Poster Making
Come share how writing helps you express your views and identity, and add your thoughts to how writing helps achieve social justice.

If you contribute a poster to our Gallery of Writers, you will receive a free “I Write with Pride.” t-shirt.

12-5 McGaw Hall Atrium
Scrabble Tournament
Challenge Writing Center Tutors and Writing Fellows to a game of Scrabble, or help the Lincoln Park Office battle the Loop Office in a cross-campus, electronic Scrabble game!

5-7 Student Center, Room 120
Making Connections: Careers in Communication & Writing
Panelists from several experience levels will guide those who wish to pursue a career in journalism, creative/technical writing, public relations, organizational communication, and/or media studies.

6:00 Schmitt Academic Center 254
Guest Speaker Series
The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse invites guest speaker Roger Graves for the Rhetoric and Writing Across Borders series. His talk is titled “From Belles Lettres to Rhetorical Genre Studies: Writing Studies and Rhetoric in Canada 1900-2000”