Welcome — and welcome back — to campus, everyone! We’ve spent the summer preparing a year full of new features, and we can’t wait to share them with you.
As always, the RISD Writing Center offers free, hour-long tutoring sessions to support developing an effective writing process. We work with all kinds of RISD writers (strong, struggling, and in between), all kinds of writing (academic, professional, personal), and at all stages of the writing process (from brainstorming to drafting to revision).
Here’s the BIG NEWS: this year, the Writing Center will begin offering tutoring support and workshops in two new areas:
Public Speaking (in class presentations, class discussions, critique …)
- using your body in space
- projecting your voice
- focusing content
- using narrative structures
- engaging the audience
Visual Communication (in printed matter, presentation visuals, websites …)
- establishing aesthetic or tone
- choosing and setting type
- designing on a grid
- creating image strategies
- selecting and applying color
If you’re looking for guidance on your public speaking or visual communication, make an appointment with a tutor with a “PS” or “VC” next to their name on our online schedule. These tutors are specially trained to support you in everything from basic principles to subtle refinement.
Feel free to write, call, or stop by to learn about these services and all our resources. See you around the Writing Center!
What a wonderful year it has been for the RISD Writing Center. We’ve taken on new ventures and participated in engaging events, from public speaking workshops and Grad Thesis Writing Retreats to a full day of exploring ekphrasis and our series of Readings in the Writing Center. It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with faculty, staff, students, and guests, and we want to thank everyone who could be part of it.
Now that it’s summer, we’re looking ahead to 2014-15, and we’ve got plenty in store: we’ll be continuing our support for the RISD writing community and continuing to build on some of this year’s new endeavors, but we’re also expanding in exciting new ways. Here’s a sneak peek at what we’re planning and what we’re reading.
This summer, we’ll be considering new perspectives for tutors, especially in terms of collaborative learning and social justice. These readings will help us train tutors as leaders and as allies, both in the work they already do and in new approaches:
- Augusto Boal’s Games for Actors and Non-Actors
- bell hooks’s Teaching to Transgress
- Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed
- Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown’s A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change
This coming year, the RISD Writing Center will expand its tutoring to include writing, public speaking, and visual rhetoric for all RISD composers. In preparation for this big step toward multimodal composition, we’re looking at the following books:
- Sohui Lee and Russell Carpenter’s Routledge Reader on Writing Centers & New Media
- N. Katherine Hayles’s How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis
- David M. Sheridan, Jim Ridolfo, and Anthony J. Michel’s The Available Means of Persuasion: Mapping a Theory and Pedagogy of Multimodal Public Rhetoric
- Le Odell and Susan M. Katz’s Writing in a Visual Age
- Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground
- Mathieu Borysevicz’s The Book About Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground
As always, we’re keeping in touch with critical conversations around writing, art, and design. These texts are our latest finds on the topic:
- Noel Carroll’s On Criticism
- Elizabeth Fisher and Rebecca Fortnum’s On Not Knowing: How Artists Think
- Verlyn Klinkenborg’s Several Short Sentences About Writing
We wish you good summer reading, too, and look forward to seeing you all in the Fall.
The RISD Writing Center has a brand new Twitter account, and we’re eager to join in the conversation around writing in the context of art and design.
Follow @RISDWriting to see the events, news, and writers/artists we’re excited about.
Have something to share? Something to ask? We can’t wait to hear from you.
Wrap up your year with an exciting event that addresses a worthy issue. Don’t miss Writing for Wadewitz: An Adrianne Wadewitz Memorial Edit-a-Thon this Thursday, May 22, 1:30-6pm. Participants will gather at Brown’s Rockefeller Library and contribute to Wikipedia articles about under-represented people.
Here are a few of the many suggested topics in need of creation, expansion, or further research:
Check out the event website for more information and to RSVP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Providence/Brown_Wadewitz_Memorial_2014
East Coast Ink Magazine’s latest call for submission has caught our eye. The theme is Portraiture — a genre accomplished both in text and image. It sounds like a task RISD writers are up for.
Do you have writing or photography to share? Click on the poster below to see all the details.
The RISD Writing Center and Literary Arts & Studies are continuing the Readings in the Writing Center series with a fresh Spring event. We’re excited to invite Kyna Leski and Mairéad Byrne to share their writing and engage in conversation about their texts.
Don’t miss the dialogue — or the springtime snacks!
See the poster below for details.
This Spring Break, you don’t have time to lounge on a beach in Mexico or binge-watch House of Cards. This year, you’re working on your graduate written thesis. But you do deserve a break — an opportunity to put away distractions and focus on writing. You deserve a day or two at the Spring Break Grad Thesis Writing Retreat.
Check out the poster below for details and RSVP before it fills up.