Ekphrasis in Action

17 Apr

Students in Nicholas Evans-Cato’s Foundation Design Section are exploring the relationship between art and writing. Their work involves painting from life and photographs, writing about that work, and painting from other students’ essays.

Check out the results, currently on display in the Waterman Gallery. The show will be installed until Tuesday, April 27th.

Triple Canopy’s Publication Intensive

20 Mar

Interested in publication as an art form, an evolving medium, and a site for experimentation? This summer program is a great opportunity to learn about the history of publication and actively engage in the contemporary practice. According to their announcement, participants will “research, analyze, and enact an approach to publication that hinges on today’s networked forms of production and circulation but also mines the history of print culture and artistic practice.”

Check out the details and apply by Monday, April 6.


Got a Research Assignment? There’s a Tab for That.

4 Feb

The RISD Writing Center is proud to announce the publication of our video tutorial on writing research papers. You can access all the videos and supporting materials in the Video Tutorial tab at the top of our website.

Curious? Get started:

Exhibit, Read, Perform

22 Jan
ANTHOLOGY, a RISD/Brown collaborative creative arts platform, is currently seeking submissions and proposals for their February 12th and March 4th events. Check out the poster below for details and see previous ANTHOLOGIES at their website.
Anthology call Spring 2015


Grad Written Thesis Workshops

5 Jan

The Writing Center invites all RISD grads (thesis year or not) to our series of weekly Wintersession Grad Written Thesis Workshops, including one this Thursday. Click on the poster below for details on this week’s workshop, and check in weekly for updates.





The “Standard” Issue

8 Dec

The RISD Writing Center highly recommends the new student-curated exhibition Kindred, on view at the Gelman Gallery December 5, 2014 through February 1, 2015. Not only is there a significant selection of text-based work, but Writing Center tutor Oge Mora (Illustration ’16), has a piece of great interest to us in the show.

Oge collaborated with exhibition co-curator Kelly Walters (GD ’15) on The Standard English Test Booklet (SET) — a series of questions that mix “standard” English with other dialects. The piece highlights how language connects to identity, and how that connection often gets overlooked, if not repressed, in academic settings. Gallery visitors are invited to take these tests as well as participate in a brief survey.


Writing Center tutors and staff had the pleasure of interacting with Oge’s work before the show in a recent staff meeting. Oge led a discussion of how code-switching (changing the dialect or type of English one uses in academic, professional, and social contexts) is problematic, and how code-meshing (using a combination of dialects and types of English to best articulate one’s ideas and identity) could resolve these issues. We had an opportunity to take her SET exam and reflect on the experience compared to test-taking in “standard” English.

We hope you’ll visit the RISD Writing Center if you’re interested in writing in your own dialects and/or finding your voice.

Two Workshops Starting this Week

17 Nov

Join the RISD Writing Center for two great workshops this week.

The first is open to any and every RISD student:

Writing for Crit
Critiques are an opportunity to share your work with an insightful audience and gain feedback for a project’s development. How can we get the most out of the experience? This workshop will invite us to experiment with prompted list-making, self-interviews, and “objective” formal analysis designed to help you articulate your intentions, observations, and questions before crit. We’ll also talk about using writing post-crit to reflect and self-direct.
Facilitated by Jen Liese, RISD Writing Center Director

This workshop is offered multiple times, so choose the day that best fits your schedule:
Tuesday, November 18
Wednesday, November 19
Thursday, December 4

On any day, this workshop will take place 4:00-5:30 PM in the RISD Writing Center, College Building 240. No need to RSVP — just arrive on time, please.
*Participants: please bring a piece you’ve made to engage with in this session.

The second is especially for Grad students:

Grad Written Thesis Workshop
The first in a series of five workshops designed to support your thesis-writing process, this workshop will provide a big-picture view of the opportunity of the graduate written thesis, including: a guided tour of exemplary theses; shared dialogue on thesis goals, planning, and resources; and experimental writing exercises to start or grow your writing process.
Led by Anne West, Grad Studies Senior Critic, and Jen Liese, RISD Writing Center Director

RSVP to mbarrett01@risd.edu.

Thursday, November 20
Old Library (College Building room 521)

We’re looking forward to diving into these topics, and we hope to see you there.


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