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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.

The Best Half-Day Ever

2 Oct

On October 16, 2015, from 1-5, the RISD Writing Center’s dream symposium will be happening right here at RISD. If you’re interested in writing as an artist or designer or writing by artists and designers, you won’t want to miss it. Click on the poster below for all the details.

How Do You Say “Writing” without Words?

2 Sep

Today, RISD’s Resident Advisers helped us jumpstart the academic year when they visited during their student resource scavenger hunt. We got to meet the whole high-energy crowd and learned that many of them love visiting the Writing Center. They were masters at our little challenge: a charades game where they acted out Writing Center terms like “peer tutor,” “handouts,” and “creative writing.”

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It was great to have students back in our space, and we can’t wait for you to stop by with your writing, public speaking, and visual communication projects. Don’t worry, we’ll let you use words.

Exhibit, Read, Perform

22 Jan
ANTHOLOGY, a RISD/Brown collaborative creative arts platform, is currently seeking submissions and proposals for their February 12th and March 4th events. Check out the poster below for details and see previous ANTHOLOGIES at their website.
Anthology call Spring 2015


Grad Written Thesis Workshops

5 Jan

The Writing Center invites all RISD grads (thesis year or not) to our series of weekly Wintersession Grad Written Thesis Workshops, including one this Thursday. Click on the poster below for details on this week’s workshop, and check in weekly for updates.





Mark Your Calendar!

21 Apr

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.

Readings May Flyer