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.
Mira Schor, Portrait of My Brain, 2007. Oil on linen, 16 x 12 in.
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.
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.