Attention All Grad Students

29 Oct

The RISD Writing Center is ready to support you throughout your written thesis process. While you can always make an appointment with a tutor to discuss any writing, the following announcements will be of particular interest to thesis writers.

CIT Satellite Location
We’ve opened our satellite location in CIT room 207, which is reserved for grad students—especially those working on their graduate written thesis. Tutors working there are fellow grad students particularly interested in helping with this work. Look for “Grads Only—CIT 207” next to a tutor’s name on our online schedule to make an appointment there.

Weekly Tutoring
Many students enjoy working with a single tutor throughout their thesis-writing processes. Doing so once a week (or every two weeks, if you prefer) allows a tutor to become familiar with your work, your goals, and your ways of working together; it also allow you to build on past accomplishments and share progress along the way. If you’re interested in this option, please contact our Coordinator, Meredith Barrett, at

Now’s the Time: A Graduate Written Thesis Workshop
Join Anne West (Senior Critic, Graduate Studies), Jen Liese (Director, Writing Center), and your peers from across departments and disciplines for a half day devoted to imagining, planning, launching, contextualizing, and sharing your written thesis, including …

  • exemplary theses across disciplines, selected to highlight a range of styles, content, structures, and forms
  • writings by artists and designers out in the world, selected to help evoke and stoke potential writing futures
  • useful practices in research and documentation (both bibliographic and studio-based)
  • writing prompts throughout
  • anything else you need (we welcome suggestions in advance)
  • and free lunch, too

Saturday, November 14, 11 AM to 3 PM
The Old Library (College Building 521)
Grads in all years are welcome.
Please RSVP by November 11 to

Other Resources
Here are some additional materials to help you work on your own and with your classmates.

Graduate Written Thesis Support
A list of all the written thesis resources available at RISD.

Thesis Peer Review 2014
Fellow thesis-writers can provide great feedback; use this system to share your work and provide feedback with your peers.

Liberal Arts Faculty Research Interests*
Liberal Arts faculty are a wonderful resource in developing your literature review. The Faculty Research Interests handout is helpful in finding people on campus whose interests overlap with yours so you can reach out to them.

Grad Written Thesis Copy Editors List*
If you are interested in intensive, professional editing of your final thesis writing, the Copy Editors List is a good place to find viable, interested editors for hire.

*Coming soon: these are updated annually, so keep an eye out for them in an email from Grad Studies in early Spring semester.

Please call, write, or stop by with any further questions.

The Best Half-Day Ever

2 Oct

On October 16, 2015, from 1-5, the RISD Writing Center’s dream symposium will be happening right here at RISD. If you’re interested in writing as an artist or designer or writing by artists and designers, you won’t want to miss it. Click on the poster below for all the details.

How Do You Say “Writing” without Words?

2 Sep

Today, RISD’s Resident Advisers helped us jumpstart the academic year when they visited during their student resource scavenger hunt. We got to meet the whole high-energy crowd and learned that many of them love visiting the Writing Center. They were masters at our little challenge: a charades game where they acted out Writing Center terms like “peer tutor,” “handouts,” and “creative writing.”

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It was great to have students back in our space, and we can’t wait for you to stop by with your writing, public speaking, and visual communication projects. Don’t worry, we’ll let you use words.


2 Jun

Pomp and circumstance with hi-jinx, hilarity, and a touch of anarchy — RISD Commencement is always a headline-worthy affair. But this year was extra exciting for us, because Malcolm Rio, Graduate Student Speaker, and Rachel Ossip, Senior Class Speaker, both happen to be RISD Writing Center tutors.

Malcolm stood tall in his studded heels, checked his snapchat, and argued for the value of learning to “fail well” in a world of contingent crises. Rachel compared the RISD we know today to the drinking fountain we could have been in a poetic meditation on origins, water, and what stays with us. Of course John Waters was insanely amazing, but these guys were just as brilliant, just out of the gates of RISD.

Check out their speeches below, and visit the RISD Commencement 2015 website for more.

“You Are a Ffabschrifter”

12 May

Students of Lucinda Hitchcock and Rachel Ossip’s Shaping Language course spent the semester “ffabschrifting” — treating writing as making and making as writing and simultaneously creating content and form, each with the other in mind. The class hosted a final event/party downtown in the Design Office last night.

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Each student read their own poem/story/definition of “ffabschrifting,” and Hitchcock and Ossip read a transcript — no, a ffabschrift — of their own previous conversation about the course’s development and all the brilliant, unexpected ways students took on the role of ffabschrifter. This variety sparked some engaging debate: on the one hand, it seems like we are all ffabschrifters, whether we know it or acknowledge it or embrace it or not; at the same time, purposeful and conscious attention made all the difference to everyone’s process and resulting work.

The group then invited visitors into the discussion with some questions: Does ffabschrifting have to involve text? Is it limited to just writing and making? Is “ffabschrifting” the right word for what’s happening here? Amid all these loose ends, one thing was certain: ffabschrifting is more than a practice — it’s a movement. We love these ideas and these questions, and can’t wait to see how the movement advances.

Check out some of the class’s work on their website:

The Shaping Language course will be offered to GD seniors and grad students again next year (and non-majors with permission from the instructor).

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 Monday, 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.



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