Building a Graduate Written Thesis: Three Parts that Make the Whole

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

College Building, CB 521 2 College Street

This workshop will take graduate students through three parts of forming a written thesis. We will begin with “Locating Practice,” an exploration of the cultural, historical, or political contexts around your work; the precedents that inspire it; the process of making it; and your rationale for making it. It aims to help expand the conversation around your work through examples and writing prompts. Next, in “Shaping Text,” our goal is to generate or revise an abstract draft and a thoughtful, working outline through active writing and reading aloud. Finally, in “Giving Form,” Art publication designer Julie Fry will walk us through the basics of book design – from format to font to binding – with a special emphasis on aligning form with content. We’ll also review printing, binding, and book design resources. If you’ve begun designing, please bring sample pages from your own thesis book-in-progress, or bring a book or two whose design you might want to emulate.

Led by Anne West, Senior Critic, Grad Studies; and Jennifer Liese, Director, RISD Writing Center

Thursday evenings from 5:00-7:00 PM
Limit 30 students
RSVP to mbarrett01@risd.edu

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