Saturday, May 30, 2015

Congrats to 2015 Writing Showcase winners

At the School for New Learning's Writing Showcase LIVE event on May 14, this year's Writing Showcase entrants read from their work and engaged in a roundtable discussion on their paper topics, which included Alzheimer's in the Latino community, Italian-American political leadership in Chicagoland, and personal and spiritual growth during SNL's Tanzania Study Abroad trip. Click here to see posters of entrants' writing that were displayed. A special thanks to Kamilah Cummings and her sister for creating these beautiful posters.

After careful review of the entrants' submissions, the SNL Writing team determined this year's SNL Writing Showcase winners (in alphabetical order):

Jackie Bates: "To Autumn"
Mary Dean: "Taking Ownership in Wellness Through Holistic and Integrative Mental Health"
Maria Gallegos: “Empower the Latino Community: Improve Alzheimer’s Outreach"
Donna Kman: "Walkable Communites: Are Baby Boomers Changing the Landscape and the Demographics of our Communities?"
Henry Kman: "Why do Seniors Retire outside their Native Country?"
James Scalzitti: "Italians vs. Themselves"

Their full papers are available at the SNL Writing Guide website: Please join us in congratulating these winners as well as all of this year's entrants, their instructors, and their mentors. We are proud of all of the wonderful writing and work you do, and we thank you for your ongoing support of the SNL writing community.

P.S. It's not too early to submit to next year's Writing Showcase (due April 1, 2016):

Last of the spring writing boot camps (June 6 - O'Hare)

Remind your students that they have one last chance to attend SNL's writing boot camps this spring term:
SNL Writing Boot Camp
Saturday, June 6, 9:00am-1:00pm                     
O’Hare Campus, 8770 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Printers Row Literary Fest 2015

The Printers Row Literary Fest is considered the largest FREE outdoor literary event in the Midwest.  This is a two day showcase from June 6-7, in the South Loop of Chicago. Over the years it has expanded from Dearborn Street to Polk Street. Printers Row Literary Fest was founded in 1985 by Near South Planning Board to attract  visitors of book lovers to the Printers Row Neighborhood.

Last year The Chicago Tribune celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Printers Row Lit Fest. The festival included more than 400 authors,  book sellers from across the country, performers, and presenters and over 125,000 attendees who enjoyed author discussions, musical performances, book browsing and much more.

According to here are a few featured writers this year, 2015:

"Ian Belknap is Founder and Overlord of WRITE CLUB. He is author of several Bring Me the Head of James Franco, That I May Prepare a Savory Goulash in the Narrow and Misshapen Pot of His Skull."

"Jabari Asim is the author of many works of fiction, nonfiction, essays, poetry, and drama. He is currently the executive editor of The Crisis, the official magazine of the NAACP. "

"Kevin Coval is the founder of Louder Than A Bomb and the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors. He teachers at The University of Illinois-Chicago. This is Modern Art the play he co-authored- premiered at Steppenwolf Theater in the winter of 2015. His newest release "The Breakbeat Poets" comes out on April 4th."

"Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of eighteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers "Night Fall", "Plum Island", "The Gate House", "The Lion", and "The Panther"."

Come support literacy and literary endeavor! For more additional information about this event, check out:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Boot Camp Sessions

Writing Boot Camp
Sponsored by School for New Learning Student Association (SNLSA) and SNL Writing
Get your assignments completed!!

Do you have an incomplete grade? A final project that is dragging on?
Finish your assignments including ILP, AP, Capstone, or AIP through Writing Boot Camp.

Attend one or more free, faculty-led sessions.

Program is designed for SNL students who currently have an incomplete grade on their Transcript or students working on writing assignments.

Sessions are set up to increase the likelihood students will complete
necessary courses to obtain a degree.

Sessions offer a supportive academic environment, writing assistance, and help with library services so that students can get assignments completed.

Session Dates:                                  
Saturday, May 16, 9:00am-1:00pm                    
Naperville Campus, 150 W. Warrenville Rd., Bld. 200

Wednesday, May 20, 5:30-9:00pm                    
Loop Campus, Daley Bldg., 14 E. Jackson, Lab 1325
Wednesday, May 27, 5:30-9:00pm

Saturday, May 30, 9:00am-1:00pm                    
Oak Forest Campus, 16333 S. Kilbourn Ave.

Saturday, June 6, 9:00am-1:00pm                     
O’Hare Campus, 8770 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
To Register: Email your name, DePaul ID# and the incomplete course title(s) you wish to work on to at least 3 days prior to your desired sessions (messages to this email are reviewed by DePaul / SNL college faculty and staff only)

Items to Bring to Session(s):  Please bring a flash drive, your copy of the incomplete contract, all prior assignment preparation, including research material, assignment instructions, and assignment writing format (APA/MLA). Please let your faculty mentor know you plan to attend.

Benefits of earning a degree are endless, current researchers note:
ü High correlation between earnings and individuals with a degree
ü Increased civic participation among individuals with a degree
ü Happier marriages / decreased divorce rates among individuals with a degree

ü Pervasive sense of accomplishment / better overall attitudes in individuals with a degree