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The Purdue OWL News is an online newsletter addressing readers' writing-related questions and covering events in the Purdue University Writing Lab and the Online Writing Lab at Purdue (Purdue OWL).

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New Chicago Manual of Style Sample Papers and PowerPoint Presentations


April 3, 2011 8:07 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The OWL is pleased to announce its newest resources to the Chicago Manual of Style section.

Many thanks to content developer Jessica Clements for her work on the projects.


Tecumseh Junior High School Essay Contest 2011


March 23, 2011 2:58 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

Once again, Writing Lab consultants and Associate Director Tammy Conard-Salvo worked with Dave Hobbs at Tecumseh Junior High School in Lafayette, Indiana, to judge entries for an essay contest. Mr. Hobbs began this contest as a way to encourage seventh and eighth grade students to think more positively about writing and to help prepare them for Indiana’s ISTEP exam. 

Students at Tecumseh are asked to respond to an essay prompt similar to what they might encounter when taking the ISTEP.  Writing Lab “judges” read more than 90 essays and selected winners in both grades, as well as an overall winner. 

Winners for 2011 are as follows:

Click here to see a picture of this year's winners.

The following graduate consultants, who are also teaching assistants in the Department of English, served as judges this year:

The following undergraduate consultants also served as judges this year:


For more information about Tecumseh Junior High, please visit http://www.lsc.k12.in.us/schools/Tecumseh/Tecumseh.htm


2011 21st Annual Spelling Bee for Literacy


February 2, 2011 6:02 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The 2011 20th Annual Spelling Bee for Literacy benefiting the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy (LARA) is on Saturday, February 26, 1:00 PM at Sunnyside Middle School.

Pronouncer: the 2008 National Spelling Bee Champion, Sameer Mishra. Teams of three will compete to win prizes, but more importantly, to have fun helping support LARA and literacy in the greater-Lafayette area. Sponsors include: The Journal and Courier, Old National Bank, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, PEFCU, Caterpillar, Roeing Corporation, Lafayette Copier, Instant Copy, and Bison Financial Group.

The deadline for registration is February 18, 2011, and the entry fee is $30. Contact the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy for more information about registration and contributions: 765-476-2920.


Welcome to the Purdue OWL News RSS Feed


January 24, 2011 11:00 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

We have discontinued our Purdue OWL News email distribution system. Therefore, Purdue OWL News subscribers will no longer receive emails from Purdue OWL News.

We will continue posting news here on our RSS feed. If you would like to continue receiving updates about the Purdue OWL and the Purdue Writing Lab, click here to subscribe to the Purdue OWL News RSS feed.

You may also visit the Purdue OWL News page to view updates from the Purdue OWL and Purdue Writing Lab.


Purdue University Writing Lab and OWL Receive Gates Grant


January 24, 2011 10:59 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

The Purdue University Writing Lab and OWL have received a $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop an interactive writing tool to help high school students transition to college writing. View the press release to learn more about the project and to read an interview with Professor Linda Bergmann, the Purdue Writing Lab Director.


Purdue Writing Lab Workshop Requests


January 24, 2011 10:57 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

If you are a Purdue University-West Lafayette instructor, TA, or professor, you may be interested in requesting an in-class workshop from the Writing Lab. The workshops cover a variety of common writing concerns, such as APA documentation, MLA documentation, and visual rhetoric.

Click here to request a workshop.


Purdue Writing Lab ESL Conversation Group Spring 2011 Schedule


January 24, 2011 10:57 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

The Purdue Writing Lab's ESL Conversation Groups will be held on the following days in Heavilon Hall 226 during Spring 2011:

Mondays: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tuesdays: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wednesdays: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Thursdays: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Fridays: 10:30am - 11:30am

For more information, contact the Lab at 765-494-3723.


Purdue Writing Lab Brown Bag Spring 2011 Schedule


January 24, 2011 10:56 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

If you are a Purdue English 106 or 108 instructor on the West Lafayette campus, please mark your calendars for the Spring 2011 Brown Bag Series. These brown bag workshops offer opportunities for English 106 and 108 instructors to share pedagogical strategies and materials for their composition classrooms. This year the workshops will take place on Wednesdays from 12:30pm - 1:30pm in the Writing Lab, Heavilon 226. Dates and topics are listed below:

January 19: Using Conferences Effectively

February 2: Rubrics and Assessment Strategies (rescheduled for February 23 due to Purdue's snow recess)

February 9: Style: Creating Engaging Sentences

February 16: Service Learning and the Composition Classroom

February 23: Rubrics and Assessment Strategies

March 2: Digital Composing and Visual Rhetoric

March 23: Documenting, Archiving, and Ethically Using Student Work

March 30: Principles of Effective Syllabus Design

April 13: Preparing Students for the Writing Showcase


Purdue Writing Lab Spring 2011 Hours


January 24, 2011 10:56 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

The Purdue Writing Lab is open for tutoring during the spring semester in three locations.

To make a tutoring appointment, call 765-494-3723.

Heavilon Hall 226:
-Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
-Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Hicks, UGRL Room G959 Satellite Location Hours (drop-in only):
-Monday: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Meredith Hall Satellite Location Hours (drop-in only):
-Wednesday: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Please remember to bring your Student ID with you when you visit the Writing Lab.


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