Now’s the Time: A Workshop for Grad Thesis Writers

27 Oct

Sunday, November 13, 11 AM to 3 PM
College Building 346

Join Anne West (Senior Critic, Graduate Studies), Jen Liese (Director, Writing Center), and your peers from across departments and disciplines for a half day devoted to imagining, planning, launching, contextualizing, and sharing your written thesis, including …

• exemplary theses across disciplines, selected to highlight a range of styles, content, structures, and forms

• writings by artists and designers out in the world, selected to help evoke and stoke potential writing futures

• useful practices in research and documentation (both bibliographic and studio-based) 

• writing prompts throughout

• anything else you need (we welcome suggestions in advance)

• and free lunch, too

Grads in all years are welcome.

Please RSVP to writing@risd.edu by November 10.
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And don’t forget … the Writing Center’s tutors work with graduate thesis writers throughout the writing process; one-time appointments can be made here; weekly or biweekly appointments with the same tutor are also available (e-mail writing@risd.edu to discuss).
Looking for more resources? Check out these handouts of particular note:

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.

 

 

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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

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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.

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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 jliese@risd.edu.

 

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 writing@risd.edu 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
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Poetry Workshop—Join Us

13 Apr

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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.