Now and Later, Near and Far

13 Oct

Are your sketchbooks full of writing? Are your sketchbooks just plain full? Here are two great opportunities for you:

AS220 is offering a bookmaking workshop here in Providence on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Participants will be introduced to multiple book structures and methods for assembling them. Space is limited, so check out the details and sign up quickly.




Fogo Island Arts and Art Metropole have announced their collaboration for Spring 2017: The Islands. This six-week residency on Fogo Island and Toronto Island, Canada, aims to encourage arts writing and criticism in contemporary art. The call for applications will be launched in December, but you can learn more about this opportunity in the meantime.

H101 Formal Analysis Workshop

20 Sep



H101 Formal Analysis: Overview and Q+A
with Jen Liese, Writing Center director
College Building 240

Th 9/22, 4-5
Mon 9/26, 12-1
Wed 9/28, 12-1
(Choose one.)

Your first H101 paper assignment—the formal analysis—is probably entirely new to you. Your H101 professor will guide you through its 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 and share approaches to seeing, describing, and analyzing works of art and design. Feel free to bring assignment sheets, drafts, and specific questions, or just come and listen in. (No formal wear required!)


Welcome all and all welcome Jim Zvi!

6 Sep

We are thrilled to introduce Jim Zvi, RISD’s Assistant Director of English Language Learning (ELL). Jim will work in this new position as an educator and advocate for RISD’s ELL students.

Jim comes to us with fifteen years of international English teaching experience, most recently at Hong Kong Polytech, where he’s worked with Design, Architecture, and Engineering majors.



Here last week for International Student Orientation, Jim shared resources, advice, and some very funny jokes, putting into action one of his own research topics: “Humor, Controversy, and Avant-garde Delivery: An Approach to Teaching as a Performance.”

Jim will start full time on November 1. Until then, please contact Writing Center director Jen Liese with any language-related questions at


We Want Your Text-Based Art and Design!

25 Apr

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Have you seen our postcards in your mailbox and around campus? They all feature student art and design that incorporates various forms of text. These images represent the variety of literacies we support—written, visual, and spoken—and highlight the rich connections between written and visual work.

This is your chance to share your text-based work while helping to spread the word about the Writing Center.

To be considered for next year’s postcard series, submit images to by June 1, 2016.

Please include the following:

  • your name, department, and year of (expected) graduation
  • images of your work in a high-quality jpeg, 300 dpi or higher
    @ 6 x 4 in. (multiple submissions welcome)
  • a caption and brief description of each image

Poetry Workshop—Join Us

13 Apr


Tutors Wanted!

24 Mar

Do you love writing? Do you love thinking collaboratively? Then you might really love working at the RISD Writing Center. We have several openings for the 2016–17 academic year, and both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.

Our tutors are a community of engaged, generous, collaborative thinkers who love working with fellow students from across the college. We look for strong writers, readers, and listeners with experience working in various genres. No prior tutoring experience is required.

Interested? Check out our page on becoming a tutor for more information and details on applying.
Call, write, or stop by with any further questions.



Upcoming Opportunities

29 Feb

Some timely opportunities to publish your work and develop your writing practice …


East Coast Ink is a multimedia, multi-genre literary magazine publishing everything from poetry to photography to book reviews in quarterly, electronic editions. They’re currently seeking submissions for their spring issue on the theme of “fresh.” 

Check their website for more details and submission guidelines:


ClerestoryClerestory  Journal of the Arts—a RISD/Brown collaboration—is currently seeking submissions for spring 2016. This journal publishes writing, visual art, and music; submissions that include multiple related pieces, portfolios, cohesive bodies of work and collections are especially encouraged.

Check out their website for more details and to submit:



Camp Lawless is a weekly summer poetry workshop in New York led by poet Amy Lawless. Participants will study different forms, processes, and sources of inspiration, and the season will culminate in a reading at the Bowery Poetry Club.

For more details, see their website: