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Writing & Communications

Writing and speaking well are among the most crucial workforce competencies sought by today’s employers. Take advantage of these opportunities to improve and better organize your writing, speaking abilities and thought processes.

Forensics Team

Forensics is an activity open to students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities who wish to thrive and succeed at public speaking by improving communication skills, expanding their worldview and developing greater empathy. Students often become active leaders in their own communities by participating in forensics, having achieved more confidence than previously imagined. To join the team, contact the forensics advisor at 847-214-7275, or via email at

SPIRE Magazine

The Spire is the college’s visual arts and literary magazine published each spring by students. Submissions of original works are sought in poetry, prose, drawing, printmaking and photography. Contact the Office of the Dean of Communications and Behavioral Science, 847-214-7440.

The Write Place

Make your writing stronger before it is submitted for grading. The Write Place can help you with basic skills in English and other fundamentals.  More»

Writers Center

The Writers Center promotes and coordinates a variety of activities for area writers in all stages of development who wish to share their work in an atmosphere of constructive, respectful criticism. Current activities include the reading series which features guest authors reading from their work; the special topics series comprised of half-day workshops focused on specific writing topics; the coffeehouse providing monthly opportunities for writers to share original work; and occasional workshops with guest authors/teachers. Contact the Writers Center at 847-214-7578.

Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Writing Competition

A day-long literary festival highlights this creative writing competition. Students who submit winning entries in poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and drama are honored at the end of festival activities which include a book fair, readings and workshops.

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