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SNL Writing Guide

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SNL Writing Boot Camps

The SNL Writing Boot Camp program is designed for undergraduate or graduate SNL students who have a writing project (assignments, ILPs, APs, Captstones, AIPs, etc.) they wish to complete. SNL Faculty work one-on-one with students during these sessions. It is also an opportunity for students who have an incomplete grade to get support in finishing their work.

Watch LaTrice Jones, an SNL student, discuss her experience with SNL Writing Boot Camps.

Remember to check for updates to the schedule. To register for a Boot Camp session, contact​

Winter 2019
Thursday, February 28 5:30pm-9:00pm Loop Campus, Lewis Bldg., 25 E. Jackson, Lab 1309
Saturday, March 9 9:00am-1:00pm
  Loop Campus, Daley Bldg., 14 E. Jackson, Lab 1325​
Spring 2019
Thursday, May 23 5:30pm-9:00pm Location, TBA
Saturday, June 1 9:00am-1:00pm Location, TBA
Summer 2019
Saturday, August 10 9:00am-1:00pm Location, TBA

Writing Tune-Up Webinars

Each quarter SNL Writing offers a series of free webinars on subjects ranging from overcoming writer’s block to citation basics to grammar. These are intended both as a refresher for advanced students and an introduction for beginning students.

Check back each quarter for the new webinar schedule and registration information.

Winter 2019
Webinar Topic
​Registration Link
Essay Organization Tune-Up 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019: 6pm- 7pm 
Writing Grammatical Sentences 
Friday, Febuary 1, 2019: 12pm-1pm
Writing Research​
Friday, Febuary 8, 2019: 1pm-2pm​

APA Basics ​
Wednesday, ​Febuary 13, 2019: 6pm-7pm​​

Writing Showcase

The SNL Writing Program sponsors annual events for  writers to engage in and showcase their work, including​ Writing Showcase.

The Writing Showcase celebrates the outstanding writing of SNL graduate and undergraduate students. If you received an A on a paper or glowing feedback on an ILP fill out an application​ and submit your work to (Deadline: April 1). You may submit up to three poems, stories, essays, reports, ILPs, Capstones, Advanced Projects, Applied Inquiry Projects, Integrating Projects, or e-Portfolios. Share your accomplishment and inspire others. Excellent submissions are recognized at the annual SNL Spring Awards Reception.

How to Write a Paper

My teacher just assigned a paper, what should I do?
Most writers cycle through the stages of inventing, organizing, drafting, revising and editing as they write. Writers should understand the value of these stages, how and when to move between them, and what tools to use when stuck at any stage.

Writing Help

Get help through tutoring, in grammar, ESL issues, paper writing, with using sources and avoiding plagiarism and online dictionaries, encyclopedias and textbooks.

Writing Assignment Examples

See samples and examples of Advanced Elective papers, Advanced Projects, Externship Journals, Independent Learning Pursuits, Research Seminar Proposals and Writing Showcase winners. See also Graduate Program examples.

SNL Writing Values and Goals

The SNL Writing Program embraces the values of life-long, reflective, student-centered, integrated and experience-based learning. The goals of the Writing Program follow from these values.

Life-Long and Reflective:
  • To provide just-in-time support to students and faculty for continuous improvement of writing at SNL.
  • To teach students to be self-reflective writers who will continue to improve as writers beyond SNL.
  • To continuously renew our pedagogy by learning from others and reflecting upon our own practice.
Student Centered:
  • To meet students where they are and help them attain the goals they have set for themselves.
  • To assign writing projects that arise from and are shaped by students’ interests.
  • To teach students to assess and address their own writing needs.
  • To privilege writing instruction that is learner-centric.
Integrated into the SNL Curriculum:
  • To deliver writing instruction that helps students succeed in the unique context of SNL while also building their skills for success in their writing efforts outside of and after SNL.
  • To integrate writing into the teaching of all competences in ways that enhance learning.
Experience Based:
  • To promote writing as a means of reflecting upon, making meaning of, and communicating experience.
  • To value students’ various literacies, while helping students know how and when to move between these literacies.
  • To value experience-based writing, while teaching students how to use writing to describe, reflect upon, analyze, and situate their experience in academic discourse when necessary.

SNL Paper Rubric ​