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.


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

Threshold Extended Deadline and International Writing Centers Week

Did you miss last Friday’s deadline to submit to DePaul’s own Threshold literary magazine? Or did you have just one more piece you would have liked to send along?

You’re in luck! Threshold is extending their deadline for a full two weeks. Yes that’s right, you now have until Friday, February 24th to submit your work. Once again, Threshold’s website is, where students can find submission guidelines and (new!) info about the 2012 Threshold Award for Excellence with judge bios.


This week is International Writing Centers Week, and the DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning is celebrating by hosting Quick Question tables in the Loop DePaul Center 11th Floor Lounge and in the atrium of the Lincoln Park Student Center.  Stop by and pick up a free t-shirt and free poetry trading cards hand-crafted by the Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research. Who knows? You may well see some of your fellow English Grad students working there!

As always, more information about the University Center for Writing-based Learning, including how to make an appointment with a tutor or join a writing group, is available at

Join The Writer’s Guild and Learn the Language of Student Organizations!

Today we have two announcements from our friends and classmates at the University Center for Writing-based Learning about some great new opportunities to improve your writing– and your student organization– this Winter Quarter.

Now that Winter Quarter is underway, it’s time for the return of The Writers Guild, DePaul’s student creative writing group! The Writer’s Guild meets every Wednesday from 7:30-9pm in the Arts & Letters lobby on the Lincoln Park campus. Participants will be able to collaborate both with other writers and an UCWbL peer writing tutor and receive reader-based, revision-orientated feedback on their work. The Writers Guild is an excellent way to focus your creative energy and encourage yourself and your fellow group members to keep going on that difficult project. We welcome writers to participate as often as they can, whether that’s once a month or every week. Alumni are also welcome to join us.

If you’re planning to submit to Threshold this year (deadline February 10th, 2012), the Writers Guild would be a great place to whip your piece into submission-worthy shape!

If you have any questions about how to get involved in The Writers Guild, contact Claire Rooney, Assistant Coordinator for the Writing Groups at


Are you in a student organization? Do you like free pizza and t-shirts? Do you need something to do in the afternoon on Friday, January 27?

If you answered “YES!!!” to any of the following questions, please join the University Center for Writing-based Learning on  Friday, January 27 from 2:30-6:30pm in room 325 of the Lincoln Park Student Center for the first installment of the 3-part series “Writing the Mission.”

The first event in this series, “The Role of Language in Student Organization Development” is a workshop where members of any student organization can bring their organization’s constitution, marketing materials, correspondences with administration, or other written documents and discuss how they are crafted and perceived, and collaborate on improving and further developing them.

All members of student organizations and other interested friends are welcome. And remember: Free Pizza! Free T-shirts!

This event is made possible by a grant from the MLK Jr Celebration Awards, provided by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equality.

All questions can be sent to Julia Harding at or RSVP on Facebook, or just show up.