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Katya Kulik is a recent PhD graduate from the Program for Writers at UIC. She has taught Creative Writing and Composition courses at UIC as a graduate student instructor for seven years, and before that, she was the ESL instructor at Moscow State University. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in ‘So to Speak’, New Mexico Review, CutBank, Jet Fuel Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She documents her life in mice cartoons at Mice Notes.

College Writing, Procrastination, and Music

This multi-genre assignment asks students to first explore how much they know their tendencies to procrastinate in a personal essay, then to interview a peer about their respective writing processes, and finally, to compare their own personal essay and an analysis of their interview in a cover letter.

Emailing in Academic Context

An assignment that asks students to compose several short versions of an email for different audiences and perform a brief analysis of the differences between the emails.

The Hip-Hop Nation

An argumentative essay that requires students to clearly articulate their position on whether rap and hip-hop have a negative or positive effect on its listeners, if there should be control over the content of songs, and to explore the reasons why people are affected by these genres so strongly.

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Concision for Creative Writers

If you're looking for a way to encourage your creative writing students to be more concise, try this simple concision handout.       Photo by Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash    

Social Justice Proposal

A written group assignment that asks students to create a proposal designed to convince a funding agency to fund their organization’s new social justice project.

A Paraphrasing PowerPoint

A PowerPoint presentation explaining what paraphrasing is, how to paraphrase, and an in-class activity for paraphrasing.