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Hot Topics in Writing Explores Writing Taboos June 6, 2012

Matt and Mo investigate the seamy side of the written word with their Taboo Topics in Writing episode. First, Tracey H. and Matthew F. divulge their most perilous stories of when writing turns bad situations worse. Then Mo and Matt tackle the toughest questions about writing on the internet. Why isn’t it discussed? What can we learn from Youtube comments? And what the hell was that guy even trying to say?! They team up with Scrawl Radio’s own Mark L. to get to the heart of the matter.


Hot Topics in Writing: Rage Against the Writing Machine May 3, 2012

The Hot Topics in Writing team has found a way to talk about prewriting that won’t put you to sleep! In this episode, Matt and Mo explore the surprisingly simple side of prewriting. We discovered that preparing for a paper can be helpful and easy if approached as a simple tool and not as some obtuse writing  machine. We talk to Colin S., a Writing  Center Tutor and Fellow, about ways to make prewriting save you time. Then, Claire Rooney, one of our own Graduate Assistants, tells us about how preparing for a paper can reduce much of the anxiety associated with it. Finally, Matt and Mo debut their new segment called “Off-Topic!” In it, they wrestle with the idea of Grammar Nazism, and how important grammar actually is in our everyday lives. Also, SANDCASTLES! What do we mean? There’s only one way to find out…


Scrawl Season 4 Episode 2: What’s a Podcast? May 1, 2012

You waited, and it is here! The second episode of, yes, our fourth season! Tune in to the dandy little audio file below to listen as Scrawl talks podcasting.  No, not casting pods, but the audio sensation that’s sweeping the nation.  We talk with Hot Topics in Writing, the UCWbL’s very own fly podcast team!

Hot Topics members Mo and Matt share their insider knowledge about the world of Podcasting.  They also play a few clips for us and talk about their future projects.

Air Date: 4-20-12


Hot Topics in Writing Investigates Online Publications November 2, 2011

Katie and Caylie wrap up their three-part series investigating different venues writers can have their works published or read. This episode focuses specifically on online publications. Listen in for interviews with Chicago Writers’ Association president Randy Richardson and Gadfly founder John Whitehead.


New Hot Topics in Writing Episode: Literature After Dark August 3, 2011

Hot Topics in Writing, the UCWbL’s podcast, has released the second installment of a three part series about resources for writers in Chicago!

In our last episode, we looked at physical publications to which writers could submit their work.  For our newest episode, we put down our magazines and hit the streets, taking you with us as we visit venues where writers may read their own work as well as listen to others share their work. We attended three different writing events around the city: Essay Fiesta at the Book Cellar, the Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill, and Reading Under the Influence at Sheffield’s for their themed event, “Poisons.”


Hot Topics in Writing: Chicago’s Homegrown Literary Magazines May 31, 2011

Stream the latest episode of Hot Topics in Writing, the UCWbL’s podcast, right below, while we take you behind the scenes of some of Chicago’s hottest literary journals.

You’ll hear from Molly Diedrich of DePaul’s own Threshold, Daniel Majid of The Logan Square Literary Review, and Sarah Dodson from MAKE Literary Productions. Learn more about these exciting publications–including insider advice on submitting your own work–by listening in today!


Hot Topics in Writing: Editors and Editing May 7, 2011

The first episode of the second season of Hot Topics in Writing,the UCWbL’s podcast, is finally available below for your streaming-audio pleasure!

In this thirty minute show, writing fellow Maureen Clancy and writing tutor Joe Olivier introduce themselves and speak with writers who (among other things) currently work as editors. You’ll hear from Monica Westin and how her work as an editor, graduate student and writing instructor informs her perspective on writing and deadlines.  Also, Leah Huffman, a recent graduate from DePaul’s Master of Arts in English program, reflects on her work as an editor at Quintessenz Publishing‘s Chicago-area office. Even if you’re career ambitions are not related to the field of editing, revising your work is an essential component to any successful writing project, so be sure to tune in!


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: