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.
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is exhibiting their Fellows’ work at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Mill Gallery through March 28th. What’s better than that? The exhibition’s Writers and Composers Night!
This Friday, March 7th, 6-8pm, come hear Literature Fellowship award winners share their work in playwriting, fiction, and poetry, followed by performances by Musical Composition Fellows. Don’t forget to show up early and check out the gallery.
Free and open to the public. Click the poster below for more details.