Wondering about Editing Certificate Programs?

If you’re interested in a career in the publishing industry, you might have come across editing certificate programs.

If you’re unsure of what they are, how they can help, or if you even need a certificate, check out this blogpost written by Miranda Lukatch for new and upcoming editors.

As an independent editor and author, Miranda Lukatch gives advice on what to consider when researching and applying for editing certificate programs. Now a professional in the industry, this is the sort of information she would have found helpful when starting out.

Spring Quarter Course Highlights

Hello, all! We’d like to interrupt your end-of-quarter whirlwind to turn your attention to some truly wonderful and exciting courses being offered by the English Department this Spring Quarter. All three of these courses are new to the catalog as of last week, and we hope you’ll consider them for a spot in your spring schedule. Please see the full catalog here and see below for details on each of the three courses.



This courses focuses on representations of families in modern drama. Modern playwrights from the late 19th and 20th centuries often sought to push the boundaries of acceptable subject matter presented on stage. Instead of presenting an ideal toward which the audience might aspire, playwrights began to explore the darker side of human relationships and asked their audiences to confront social problems or to recognize the absurdities of human existence. Playwrights shocked audiences, critics, and censors through their treatments of divorce, incest, controlling parents, and disobedient or disappointing children. These family problems are usually connected to larger social forces or metaphysical conditions. In addition to examining the subject matter of these plays, we will consider how modern playwrights experiment with form or technique in presenting the darker side of family life, first by attempting to bring audiences into private family spaces through the development of dramatic realism, and then by highlighting the strangeness of everyday family life through the influence of absurdism and other non-realist techniques. The reading list for the course includes several major modern plays from Europe, Britain, and America: Ibsen’s A Doll’s House; Strindberg’s Miss Julie; Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession; Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms; Lilian Hellman’s Little Foxes; Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Samuel Beckett’s Endgame; Edward Albee, American Dream; August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; and Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane.



This book production course examines our relationship with the book as a physical object: How do the material details of a book relate to the words on the page? How do the production choices a publisher makes impact the reader’s experience with the text? What are the steps, priorities, and challenges of book production? Using DePaul’s Big Shoulder project as a guide, students in this course will examine the book production process from the points of view of publisher, author, and editor. They will learn the vocabulary, methodologies, and practice of book production, examine different book production choices such as digital, DIY, and mass market, and become knowledgeable in contemporary book production culture and practice.


stack of magazines

In this course, students interested in a publishing career will explore the elements of good magazine writing and learn how to edit articles for print and on-line magazines. We will begin by considering a basic and all-important concept: What makes a good story? Students will sharpen their editing skills by first learning how to edit their own work. We will also consider story presentation, fact-checking, ethics, and line-editing. Readings from a variety of magazines will reinforce the ideas and themes discussed in class. We will read classics from the canon of great magazine writing and stories by new, young writers. The course will culminate in each student producing one story to be edited by the class in workshop.

End of October DePaul Literary Events (10/22/12)

To round out the month of October, we an array of great Writing & Literary Events on campus!
In case you didn’t already know, check these out:


A World Away: Book Reading & Signing by Professor Nancy Grossman
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012, 6:00pm
Barnes & Noble DePaul Campus Loop Store, State and Jackson
Nancy Grossman will be present for a reading and signing to celebrate the publication of her first novel, A World Away. A reception will follow the event. Copies of A World Away will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Jennifer Kosco at jkosco@depaul.edu.

“Q and Ale” Trivia Night for Undergraduates at the Newberry
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Newberry’s Ruggles Hall, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610
If you’ve ever considered thinking and drinking mutually exclusive, take note of Francois Rabelais, who once said, “When I drink, I think; and when I think, I drink.” If that’s not convincing enough, prepare for the ultimate rebuttal. Serving up beer and braininess in equal measure, the event is part of the Newberry’s celebration of its 125th anniversary.
WGN Radio host Rick Kogan will emcee and Half Acre Brewing will supply the beer—although non-alcoholic drinks will be available for those under 21. Snacks will also be served.  All you have to do is show up. Match wits with your peers, and vie for the ultimate prize: bragging rights in perpetuity and a t-shirt.

Q and Ale” will be held in the Newberry’s Ruggles Hall; since seating is limited and we are holding our list of attendees to 250, please RSVP to attend. To RSVP, please email Q&Ale@Newberry.org. We hope to see you soon for some spirited thinking and drinking. For more information about the Newberry, check out: http://newberry.org

James Arthur Baldwin: Legacy
Friday, October 26th, 2012, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Schmidt Academic Center (SAC) 161, DePaul University

Click on image for event flyer!

A roundtable on the impact of thought, writing, and activism of James Baldwin of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Another Country and Down at the Cross and 25 years after his passing. The keynote speaker is Randall Kenan from University of Carolina, Chapel Fill. Panelists include: Ernest Hardy, writer; Laura Harris, Pitzer College; Tracey Hucks, Haverford College; Bill Johnson Gonzalez, DePaul University; Daniel McNeil, Ida B. Wells Barnett University Professor, DePaul University.
Co-sponsored by LGTBQ Studies Program and Department of English. FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC.
For more information, please contact: bjohns58@depaul.edu or dmoore1@depaul.edu

Career Panel: How to Become an Editor
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 6:15pm-7:15pm
Arts and Letters Hall, Room 308, DePaul University

A Reading for Kathleen Rooney
October 30th, 2012, 6:00pm
Richardson Library, Room 115, DePaul University

Don’t miss out on these free and awesome events/opportunities!