Monday, January 10, 2011

Academic Writing Resources for SNL Students

As the winter quarter gets into full gear, feel free to share these writing-related resources with SNL students:

SNL's Writing Guide:

DePaul University Writing Center's Resources for Writers:

DePaul University Writing Center Blog:

Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL):

Diana Hacker's A Writer's Reference Website:

Click here for even more resources on the SNL Writing Guide's "Writing Help" page.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Writing Center Presentations, Suburban Campus Writing Groups, and Fishbowls

The Center for Writing-based Learning would like to remind you to schedule your informational presentations for Winter 2011. Presentations are a great way to get your students excited about utilizing the Writing Center’s services at your campus or online.

To schedule your presentation at the Loop or Lincoln Park campuses, visit

To schedule a presentation at one of the suburban campuses, please email Tom McNamara at

Presentations are about fifteen minutes in length and will include a demonstration of our online scheduling service as well as a quick tour of the resources available to students on our website. A writing center consultant who works at your campus will deliver the presentation and take any questions from both the students and you. Furthermore, the consultant can also lead a discussion about how the Writing Center can aid your students as they tackle work specifically for your course.

Please note that the Suburban Campus Writing Groups begin Saturday, Jan. 15th at the Naperville, Oak Forest, and O’Hare campuses at 10 am, a valuable resource for students who live in the suburbs. Meeting on Saturdays throughout the term, these groups allow students to work on their writing in an atmosphere that promotes the sort of collaborative and active learning valued by SNL. Most importantly, the groups allow students to practice reading and responding to the texts of others, allowing them to develop critical reading skills that they can utilize when assessing their own texts. Also, our Lincoln Park and Loop Writing Centers open on January 10, and students are welcome to schedule one-on-one and online appointments.

Finally, please consider scheduling a Fishbowl Workshop for your class. Fishbowl Workshops allow instructors to invite representatives from the Writing Center to his or her class to model effective peer response for in-class writing workshops. During a Fishbowl Workshop, tutors engage students in providing effective response and can even help facilitate peer review sessions. To schedule your Fishbowl, visit

Should you have any questions, please feel free to email Tom McNamara ( or consult the Writing Group page on the Writing Center website ( Please encourage your students to use their services!

A Writer's Reference - New Edition of Writing Handbook for Students

For many years, the required text for SNL's Academic Writing for Adults course has been Diana Hacker's A Writer's Reference. After taking the course, many students have said that they will never sell this book back to the bookstore...a few students have admitted that they keep it on top of their desk at work! A wealth of information and examples related to thesis statements, organization, citation styles, formatting, grammar, and mechanics makes this textbook useful for students at any level, in any course, not just students taking their first (or second, or third) college writing course.

The publisher, Bedford/St. Martin, has just released the seventh edition of A Writer's Reference with a new co-author, Nancy Sommers. This edition has new sections on how to interpret written feedback from instructors and how to prepare a portfolio. If you're interested in checking it out, feel free to pick up a copy from Katie Wozniak or order a free desk copy from the publisher here.