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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Nick Montfort’s work varies from literary generators to interactive fiction to a naming firm, Nomnym, all of which seem to blur the lines between writing and making. That’s why we’re excited to see Monfort speak here at RISD this Tuesday.
Check out nickm.com, to see more of Monfort’s work, and see the poster below for details on his talk. We hope to see you there.
The Writing Center is very proud to be co-hosting “It, Me, You, Us: Close Encounters with Interpretation,” a series of lectures exploring varied ways of writing about and engaging with art, with an emphasis on the sensory, the subjective, and the shared. Why? Because experiencing art, thinking about art, and talking about art are all essential aspects of writing about art.
Don’t miss Mira Schor, one of our very favorite artist-writers, on October 16. And in the meantime, visit her blog, A Year of Positive Thinking.
The RISD Writing Center is kicking off our Fall semester workshops next week with two Liberal Arts-focused workshops.
E101 Literary Analysis: Overview and Q+A
Presented by: Meredith Barrett
You may already be familiar with writing about literature from high school, but college-level assignments will take you deeper into literary analysis. Your E101 professor will guide you through conventions in the discipline, but this workshop will provide a refresher, a chance to further your practice of writing as a reader, and a place to ask questions. We’ll cover topics including annotating texts; close reading; quoting from the text; and analyzing character, plot, dialogue, symbols, and metaphors.
Monday, September 22
Wednesday, October 1
Thursday, October 9
H101 Formal Analysis Paper: Overview and Q+A
Presented by: Jen Liese
Your first H101 paper assignment—the formal analysis—is probably entirely new to you. Your H101 professor will guide you through the conventions, but you may want to learn more. In this workshop, we’ll review the essentials and the finer points of this cornerstone of art history writing, share approaches for looking, describing, and analyzing, and raise the questions you thought no one else would have.
Tuesday, September 23
Monday, September 29
These workshops will take place 4:00-5:30 pm in the Writing Center (CB 240). Each is offered multiple times, so choose the day and time that best fits your schedule (no need to RSVP—just arrive on time, please).
And check out our other Fall semester workshops on our Workshops page.