DePaul’s Banned Books Week Events (Doesn’t Include Banning Books) September 27, 2012
Writer to Tutor: Looking Back June 5, 2012
As a MA student applying to the Writing Center one year ago, I didn’t really think that being employed as a tutor would change how I write. At 21, I was pretty sure that my writing style was set – and serviceable. There was no need for a major overhaul, even if the UCWbL materials promised improvement in my own skills as well as the opportunity to help others with theirs. Even during the WRD primer class in Fall Quarter, I didn’t really believe that learning about tutoring equated to learning about my own writing. Something shifted over the course of the last two terms, however; I found myself writing differently (but not completely, of course), and I began to wonder: one year on – has being a tutor made me a better writer? (more…)
Presenting the Best You: The Personal Statement May 29, 2012
I think we can all agree, personal statements are the worst. Hated and feared by the high schooler, and blacked out over the undergraduate years, it’s no contest that personal statements are one of the most dreaded forms of writing. They are, however, necessary – and especially for a lot of you graduating students, if you’re applying for further education, or jobs, or scholarships or grants. And so, by popular demand (judging by the number of desperate personal statement writers I’ve had in the past week), here is a short guide to writing a good personal statement. Note – this is not a guarantee of success, but simply a short and sweet set of tips that should give you some direction and maybe even motivation (gasp!). (more…)
Join us for the Threshold Launch Party! May 20, 2012
Threshold, DePaul’s student-run arts and literary journal, is having a party for the release of its spring edition this Friday. Join us at the DePaul Art Museum, on May 25th from 3-6 pm, for refreshments, readings from some of DePaul’s finest writers, and a free copy of the new issue. Hope to see you there!
When to Judge: on Evaluation in Tutorials April 24, 2012
I try not to be too evaluative in my tutorials (or even my Written Feedback). Of course, there’s always a time to reassure the writer that they’re on the right track, or that some turn of phrase is well done and should be retained, even exploited or learned from. There’s also the awareness, though, that placing a value judgment or (heaven forbid) a letter grade on someone else’s work isn’t my job. For one thing, what if the professor disagrees with me and I’ve now misled the student into thinking their work is one thing, when it’s really being graded as another? Far more importantly: did the writer come in for a pat on the head, or for constructive criticism and help? (more…)
What Do I Talk About?: Making the Most of Your Time March 6, 2012
As writing center tutors, we want to help writers as much as we can. We want to make sure that if a writer makes a one-hour appointment (or a half-hour, or two hours), we give them as much help as they require in that hour. But what happens when you’re halfway through an appointment and you feel like you’ve covered everything? (Hint: you probably haven’t). What do you do when the conversation stops dead? (more…)
CMWR’s Friday Forum is Back! February 24, 2012
The CMWR’s Friday Forum is up and running for Winter Quarter, and this conversation-based group reads through a short text on different aspects of American culture and analyzes it together. Last week we read an article from DePaul’s student newspaper called “G8/NATO summits, security could cost up to $65 million,” a topic that is especially relevant for us Chicagoans, and invoked great discussion on the impacts that the summits will have on the city. (more…)
Relishing the Repeating Appointment February 21, 2012
As a first-time writing tutor last term, I had new experiences and new lessons to learn almost every week. When Winter Quarter came around, I thought I was well-versed in most types of appointments but thankfully this term has afforded something completely new – a repeating appointment. While I enjoy all of my appointments and like helping all sorts of writers, the repeating appointment is a special opportunity to get to know someone (and their writing) more in-depth. (more…)
Submit Your Work to Threshold – Submissions Deadline Now Extended! February 15, 2012
Hi all! Threshold, DePaul’s premier student-run literary journal, is still accepting submissions for its Spring 2012 issue. Submit your fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or dramatic literature to firstname.lastname@example.org before February 24th. All submitters will receive free and helpful feedback on the work, and possibly publication in the journal!
More information is available here.
Taking Another Look At Editing as Tutoring February 14, 2012
When I first signed up for my literary editing course, I didn’t really think it would have much in common with my tutoring job. I mean, we’re taught from the beginning to be non-invasive tutors, and definitely not editors. We don’t want to risk usurping the writer’s voice or helping them too much. However, it’s inevitable that in talking about what makes good writing, you learn a thing or two about tutoring. It turns out that editing is deeply entrenched in the writer/reader relationship, just as tutoring is. That relationship is a great jumping-off point for considering how the two disciplines are related, and what we can learn from editors to become better tutors. (more…)