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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 threshold.depaul@gmail.com 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…)


Tips For a Successful ELL Tutorial January 31, 2012

I’ve never had a conversation partner appointment, but I’d like to think that I’d know what to do with one.  The UCWbL abounds with strategies for a successful conversation partner appointment, and everyone has ideas of what to say, how to say it, and what to encourage.  We hear about it in WRD class, orientation settings, tip-sheets, and from other tutors.  What these tips didn’t prepare me for was a somewhat difficult (and confusing) writing tutorial with an English language learner – and for a paper outside my discipline, no less.  What do you do when communication breaks down in a face-to-face setting with an ELL student, though?  Your focus is different here – their writing, not their speaking – and yet the tutorial’s dependent on clear and informative conversation.  With that in mind, perhaps there is overlap between the conversation partner appointment and the ELL student face-to-face tutorial, and perhaps strategies designed for the former can be applied to the latter. (more…)


Looking to Get Published? Submit Your Work to Threshold! January 25, 2012

Threshold is DePaul’s premier student-run literary journal, and they’re accepting submissions now for the Spring 2012 issue!  If you’re a poet, a writer, or just someone interested in getting some feedback on your writing, submit your work today!

That’s right – Threshold is offering written feedback (about one paragraph’s worth) for any submission they receive this year.  You can submit one piece for the fiction, creative nonfiction, and dramatic literature categories, and up to 3 pieces to the poetry category.  Artwork and short video submissions are also accepted (and encouraged).  More information is available on the Threshold site.

The deadline for this year is February 10 at 5 pm, so make sure you get your work in on time to have a chance of being published.  Good luck and happy writing!


Tutor Training: Technological approaches considered January 16, 2012

As a new tutor with one quarter under my belt, it was interesting to see how much time and preparation is put into the reopening of the UCWbL after Winter break. On January 6, peer tutors, writing fellows, receptionists, and directors alike assembled in the Lincoln Park Student Center for the annual UCWbL staff retreat. Over the course of the day, we discussed our goals for Winter quarter and some of our past tutoring experiences. (more…)


Welcome Back! January 11, 2012

It’s a new term and we’re excited for Winter 2012 here at the UCWbL, so remember – it’s never too early in the year to get some help with your writing!

Make an appointment today!