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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:

JAWS Seeks Submissions

6 Jan

The Journal of Arts Writing by Students (JAWS) publishes reviews, research, images, and inquiry of all kinds by writers just like you. See their call for submissions here and submit by Monday, January 18. (Curious but not sure exactly what to submit? Come run ideas by a Writing Center tutor.)

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What’s Your Learning Style?

16 Dec

In a recent group meeting, the RISD Writing Center tutors answered the VARK questionnaire. VARK stands for the four different modes of learning: visual, aural, read/write, and kinesthetic. These styles affect not only how we learn but how we think, make, do, listen, speak, read, and write.

Some of us were surprised by the results—one person discovered that she is primarily kinesthetic, for example, when she thought she was firmly in the read and write camp. These surprises challenged our assumptions about others’ learning styles as well. We used our new awareness to think about tutoring methods that might best serve various learning styles, and about how these preferences come into play in the studio.

Here’s the questionnaire if you’re interested in taking it yourself. And next time you come to the Writing Center, feel free to share your style!

Attention All Grad Students

29 Oct

The RISD Writing Center is ready to support you throughout your written thesis process. While you can always make an appointment with a tutor to discuss any writing, the following announcements will be of particular interest to thesis writers.

CIT Satellite Location
We’ve opened our satellite location in CIT room 207, which is reserved for grad students—especially those working on their graduate written thesis. Tutors working there are fellow grad students particularly interested in helping with this work. Look for “Grads Only—CIT 207” next to a tutor’s name on our online schedule to make an appointment there.

Weekly Tutoring
Many students enjoy working with a single tutor throughout their thesis-writing processes. Doing so once a week (or every two weeks, if you prefer) allows a tutor to become familiar with your work, your goals, and your ways of working together; it also allow you to build on past accomplishments and share progress along the way. If you’re interested in this option, please contact our Coordinator, Meredith Barrett, at

Now’s the Time: A Graduate Written Thesis Workshop
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

Saturday, November 14, 11 AM to 3 PM
The Old Library (College Building 521)
Grads in all years are welcome.
Please RSVP by November 11 to

Other Resources
Here are some additional materials to help you work on your own and with your classmates.

Graduate Written Thesis Support
A list of all the written thesis resources available at RISD.

Thesis Peer Review 2014
Fellow thesis-writers can provide great feedback; use this system to share your work and provide feedback with your peers.

Thesis Copy Editors List
If you are interested in intensive, professional editing of your final thesis writing, the Copy Editors List is a good place to find viable, interested editors for hire.

Liberal Arts Faculty Research Interests*
Liberal Arts faculty are a wonderful resource in developing your literature review. The Faculty Research Interests handout is helpful in finding people on campus whose interests overlap with yours so you can reach out to them.

*Coming soon: these are updated annually, so keep an eye out for them in an email from Grad Studies in early Spring semester.

Please call, write, or stop by with any further questions.