Writing Center

2 College Street, Rm. 240
Jennifer Liese, Director

website: https://risdwritingcenter.com/

The RISD Writing Center provides free peer tutoring in writing to all RISD students. Meeting with a tutor is a collaborative process that helps students develop their writing skills in an environment of respect for each individual’s voice, experience, and intention. Trained graduate and undergraduate tutors who are strong writers, readers, and listeners consult on everything from outlining to grammar and mechanics to clarity of argument. All stages and all kinds of writing—from academic research papers to graduate written theses to grant applications—are welcome at the Writing Center.

While one-hour tutoring sessions are our primary service, the Writing Center is more broadly a community of students and faculty who value writing in all disciplines as an essential form of critical thinking, expression, and citizenship and appreciate its significance in the context of art and design. To this end, we house a small collection of books written by artists and designers, show student text-based work in our space, and offer a variety of writing workshops.

We welcome faculty to visit us and learn more. The Writing Center offers a small library of books on writing and teaching writing, as well as handouts on grammar, rhetoric, and documentation that faculty may find useful. Please click here for a sample handout. Informational visits to your classes by Writing Center staff or tutors can be arranged. Faculty referrals of students are welcome. If you feel that a student could benefit from working with a tutor on a weekly basis, please contact Jennifer Liese directly. Please click here for a list of recommended articles and websites on writing and teaching writing.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00; Friday 10:00-4:00; Sunday 2:00-6:00. Students may stop in, call, or e-mail for a one-hour appointment.