Career Panel for English Students

Curious about the current literary job market? Don’t miss this conversation with three publishing professionals on

Tuesday, November 1, 6:30-7:30 PM
Arts & Letters Hall, room 103

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Panelists include:

joined the team at Albert Whitman & Company in May 2014 after working for 5 years on the sales team at IPG, a Chicago-based distributor for independent publishers. Prior to IPG, she worked on retail and consumer marketing at Random House Children’s Books, focusing her efforts on branded properties such as Barbie, the Berenstain Bears, and Thomas the Tank Engine. She started her career in children’s book publishing in the subsidiary rights department at HarperCollins Children’s, where she closely managed the licensing of permissions and various rights for such classics as Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, Little House on the Prairie, and the estate of Shel Silverstein. She has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from DePaul University and is a graduate of the NYU Summer Publishing Institute.

is a writer and editor whose interviews, book reviews, and essays have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Newcity and Bookslut. She’s the editor-in-chief of Curbside Splendor and the managing editor of featherproof books. Naomi is the director of Book Fort, an organization that creates opportunities for independent presses to reach unique communities, and is the co-founder of two reading series, The Marrow and Lies! In 2017, Naomi will curate Printer’s Ball. She’s at work on a novella and a collection of short stories.

has ten years of publishing experience as an editorial expert with a passion for fantastic reads. Abby founded The Lark Group after a decade in publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, and Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She’s worked with and edited bestselling and award-winning authors as well as major brands. At each publishing group she’s been a part of, Abby also has helped to establish ebook standards, led company-wide forums to explore new digital possibilities for books, and created and managed numerous digital initiatives. A zealous reader who loves her iPad and the ebooks on it, she still can’t resist the lure of a print book. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers. She’s looking for great and engrossing adult commercial and literary fiction. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends—when she’s not reading—cooking and hiking with her husband. Find her @BookySaul on Twitter.

Big Shoulders Books Presents: Literary Citizenship and the Power of Collaborative Storytelling, Tuesday April 19 at DPAM

Big Shoulders Books, a new publishing venture whose goal is to produce quality works of writing by and about Chicagoans whose lives might not otherwise be shared, invites the DePaul English community to a discussion with the amazing writers/editors Audrey Petty, Peter Orner and Michele Morano. The event, “Literary Citizenship and the Power of Collaborative Storytelling,” takes place at 6 p.m. at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton (next to the Fullerton Red Line stop).


Named the 2013 Chicagoan of the Year in literature by the Chicago Tribune, Audrey is the editor of the oral-history collection High Rise Stories: Voices of Chicago Public Housing.

An acclaimed novelist and short-story writer, Peter is the editor of two oral-history collections, including Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives.
Michele Morano is the author of Grammar Lessons: Translating Life in Spain and serves as the director of the MAWP here at DePaul. 

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Chicago Women in Publishing Mentorship Night & Career Panel: Monday, May 18th at 6pm

Undergrounders! Our resident internship and career guru, Professor Chris Green, brings to you another amazing panel aimed at showing English majors and minors the myriad career paths they might take. These panels are always illuminating and insightful in addition to being a simply outstanding resource. The time to think about life after DePaul is NOW. Don’t miss this event!cwip flyer-page-001

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.


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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.

English Studies at Large

Information from 2013 ESAL Conference PDF:

Call for Papers:
“The novel” in English Studies
New or novel ideas have influenced all facets of English Studies. Over time, these ideas have sparked movements, changed the direction of research in the field, and—sometimes—simply been forgotten. From the genre of the novel and its developments in literary studies to the process movement in composition and from the development of cultural studies to the coining of new words, the areas of English Studies—literature and culture, rhetoric and composition, and language and linguistics—have all been influenced by novel ideas over time.

The third annual English Studies at Large (ESAL) Conference invites undergraduate students to submit proposals for 15-minute presentations in individual or panel form. Individual proposals should include a first page with your name, school affiliation, title of your presentation, technology needs, a brief (100 word) biography, and a contact e-mail address and a second page with a 250-word abstract of your proposed presentation with no identifying information. Panel proposals should include a title for the panel and presenter information for three presenters on the first page and abstracts for each presenter without identifying information on successive pages.

Proposals should be electronically submitted via e-mail to The deadline for proposal submission is December 17, 2012.

The 2013 ESAL Conference will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 in Stevenson Hall at Illinois State University in Normal, IL.

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Megan Gregory at or Gretchen Frank at or visit the conference website at

Co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta and the Illinois State University English Department.