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Prelude to Hot Topics in Writing, Season 2 February 28, 2011

Hot Topics in Writing, the UCWbL’s spellbinding podcast series, is making a glorious return to the Information Superhighway this academic year. Katie K. and Caylie S., the hosts of this prelude to Season 2, introduce themselves and reacquaint listeners to the purposes and goals of the UCWbL generally and Hot Topics in Writing specifically. They also speak with writing center tutors Ryan K. and Jenny A. about the use of the the personal “I” in academic writing and the limitations of the five paragraph essay structure. Listen to the Prelude to Hot Topics in Writing Season 2 right here:


Digicating Myself

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Workshops are a whole new world that I had the pleasure of jumping into for the first time today.  I am not an expert, nor am I a Digicator (DePaul uses the e-portfolio platform Digication), but nonetheless I was able to jump in on two separate workshops aiding WRD 104 students in creating an e-portfolio for the upcoming end of the quarter. (more…)


Social Cataloguing, Books, and Snow Days February 25, 2011

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You might ask what these things have in common. Books are often enjoyed in solitude, but on one of DePaul’s snow days earlier in February, I found myself entranced by the social cataloguing site Goodreads. (more…)


Scrawl Radio Episode 01! February 24, 2011

The first edition of Scrawl, the UCWbL’s radio show, aired on Friday, February 18.  Hosted by Devin Leigh, Natalie Desjardins, and Mark Lazio, the show’s debut was, well, pretty impressive if we do say so ourselves.  Tell us if you agree: check it out below.



Quick Questions – On Getting Started February 23, 2011

Filed under: quick questions — DePaul UCWbL @ 15:55 pm

Virtually every day tutors at the writing center respond to “Quick Questions” asked by writers from the DePaul community. We will start posting on our blog the questions we receive along with the answers our tutors craft in response. Of course, the personal information of each questioner will be redacted. We hope you enjoy this new resource… you just might discover the answer to a question you have always wanted (or never thought) to ask!



Research-Writing Workshops to Come to Suburban Campuses!

Winter quarter is nearly half done, and I’m sure everyone knows what that means. Mid-terms are over, the snow is starting to melt, and the UCWbL’s winter quarter research-writing workshop is coming to a Suburban Campus near you!

This workshop, “From First Draft to Polished Product: Writing Your Researched Argument,” will be held at the Oak Forest and O’Hare campuses on Saturday, February 26 at 12 noon.  The workshop will take place at Naperville on Saturday, March 5th at noon.  During the workshop, you’ll explore strategies that can help you tackle long-term research projects, whether you’re working on an Independent Learning Pursuit, a senior thesis, an Advanced Project, or a course-long research paper.  (more…)


The Dance of the Editor: Editing for Meaning in Film February 22, 2011

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Hello, campers.

Its been such a long time since I’ve been on here.  My apologies.

This week, I thought we look at how editing constructs meaning (with two highly entertaining examples…I feel). (more…)


Make Reading Work for You February 21, 2011

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One of the most important things for bettering your writing is something that feels it is frequently forgotten.  When you think of English class in high school it involves reading and writing.  Since then we tend to separate the two as different elements of a larger pedagogy, when in fact that does not have to be the case.  You don’t have to simply think about writing as something you do to analyze reading, and instead you can use reading to aid in your own betterment as a writer. (more…)


1, 2, 3, 4! Exploring Slogans at their Core! February 18, 2011

Filed under: what do you think? — Mia Amélie @ 14:43 pm

5, 6, 7, 8 Let’s take the time to contemplate . . . the eruption of slogans we have seen and heard in the past year, from the powerful words of politicians behind the podium to the voices of people chanting in unison for their cause to be heard.


“How Language Shapes Thought,” A Review February 17, 2011

Does the language that we speak determine how we think, or even our perceptions of the world? According to Lera Boroditsky, an Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Stanford University, there is some strong evidence to suggest that it does. (more…)



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