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Art, Writing, and Music Collide

5 Mar

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.

2014 Writers Night Flyer


The Event of (Y)Our Dreams

28 Jan

One whole afternoon. Three events. Writing inspired by art. Art inspired by writing.

It’s no fantasy; it’s SHOW TELL/TELL SHOW: A Half-day of Events on the Subject of Ekphrasis. And it all takes place Thursday, February 6, 2014. Check out the poster below for details, and get ready to dive into what we’re all about.

Ekphrasis Poster

Trailblazing through Text

17 Jan

The RISD Writing Center is excited about two upcoming events that explore writing’s role in forging new paths.

Fleet Library is throwing a zine reading party in coordination with their current exhibition, Zines: By the People For the People. Come share your work, your collection, and your love of the self-published genre.


Rick Benjamin, Rhode Island Poet Laureate and RISD Literary Arts & Studies Senior Lecturer, is facilitating a workshop as part of the RISD LEADS series. Join in to explore social justice and what it means to “lead” — all through the lens of the written word.


Two Sweet Events — Join Us!

1 Nov

Wednesday, November 6th, 12:15-1:00 PMcookie Social Image

Come write fortunes for your fellow students. Will they ace a big test? Will they get that Wintersession internship? Will love find them in studio? You decide! Plus, we’ll have a variety of cookies for you to snack on while you write.

If you find your inspiration later, you can come in to contribute fortunes all month long. In December, we’ll put your messages into fortune cookies and hand them out during finals.

Thanks to the Center for Student Involvement’s RISD 360° program for teaming up on this fun event.

Friday, November 8th, 6:30-8:00 PMReadings November Flyer

Start off your weekend with the second Readings in the Writing Center event this year. Join us to hear the works and works-in-progress of RISD faculty members Rick Benjamin and Gareth Jones. Click on the poster above for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

A Semester in Events

3 Jun

This Spring, the Writing Center co-sponsored several amazing and inspiring visitors who helped us think about both writing in new ways and new ways of writing.


Creative writers from all departments gathered to learn and share with comics artist and writing guru Lynda Barry. With Barry’s guidance, we shook off the self-editing shackles and focused – mind and body – on the task of recalling and recreating memories.



Tim Sutton showed his film Pavilion and discussed his process, revealing how writing and making are sometimes the same cyclical process: full of inspiration, temporary hurdles, and plenty of revision.

RISD_Triple_Candie_Poster_FINALShelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett of Triple Candie plunged us into their explorations of exhibition, creativity, and authorship through a performance-talk about the artist Siren Bliss. Hearing their stories had us asking: How does putting something in print help make it real? How does stating fiction as fact call other facts into question? For us, the line between truth and fiction remains happily fuzzy.

These events contributed to the ever-multiplying connections between writing and making and illuminated the impact of our processes. Stay tuned for more exciting events come Fall.

In-Between Language and Art with Bill Beckley

12 Apr

bill beckley
The RISD Writing Center is excited to co-sponsor a visit from Bill Beckley—a conceptual artist, a writer, an editor, and a teacher. Join us for his talk:

“One Way or Another, Language Has Been Present”
Tuesday, April 16
6:30 PM, CIT 103

Beckley will discuss his work in images and words (and places in between).

See poster (click to enlarge) for more details.


Two Readings and an Open Mic

25 Feb

The Writing Center is excited about two authors visiting RISD campus next week. Take a look at these events and mark your calendars for literary inspiration.


David Shields Reading & Talk
Monday, March 4 • 7:00pm • Tap Room
Shields is the author of fourteen books and the recipient of numerous literary awards and accolades. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington. Join us for a sneak peak at David Shields’s forthcoming book, How Literature Saved My Life, in a reading from the author himself. Shields will also discuss his techniques of literary appropriation and collage.


Afton Wilky Reading & Open Mic
Wednesday, March 6 • 7-8pm • Old Library

Former RISD student Afton Wilky (BFA Painting 05) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose fascination with book structures has been central not only in her book arts practice, but also in her co-organization of the New Delta Review‘s first annual chapbook series, where she was also the Poetry Editor. Afton’s work can be found in journals such as Black Warrior Review, BlazeVOX, Siren, and Rain Taxi. She is the Managing Editor of The Volta. You can check out Afton’s work in writing here. Afton will read some of her own writing as the opener to a student Open Mic where your peers can share their literary talents. Come listen to fellow RISD writers – and bring something you might like to share.

Both events are funded by the Division of Liberal Arts Humanities Fund, and Afton Wilky’s Open Mic is supported by the RISD Writing Center.