What's a zine, and why would I want to make one?
This three-hour, generative zine-making workshop is broken down into three sections. We'll start with a solid introduction to zines and zine culture: What they are, where they came from, and why people make them. Then we'll explore dozens of examples of zines collected from around the world. As we discuss the wild diversity of topics, layouts, and printing styles seen in modern zines, we'll find inspiration for our own creative work. In the last part of the class, we'll brainstorm ideas for planning and creating our own zines, then learn how to design, format, print, and distribute our work in this uniquely liberating format.
A zine (pronounced "zeen," like the last syllable in "magazine") is a self-published, non-commercial work of written and/or visual art typically produced in limited batches. In other words, it's a small, handmade booklet that you design, print, and distribute yourself---without the hassle of waiting on approval from publishers and institutions. Zines and zine culture evolved alongside DIY punk culture, with a long history of engaging communities and empowering individual artists and writers to share their voices on their own terms.
Zines are incredibly fun to make, cheap to design and print, and easy to distribute. The beauty of this form is its freedom: There are no limits to what you can put in a zine and no rules about the "correct" way to make one. Have you been itching to create something using both your brain and your hands? Want to learn an easy way to share your work with your community? Are you sick of submitting your writing to the internet abyss and never knowing if it was consumed or appreciated? Are you on a budget but have something to say? Join us on Sunday and design your first zine! No experience necessary.
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Note: This class is scheduled to take place in person at Porch HQ. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate, and we will enroll a maximum of 10 participants. Masks are not required at this time, though we will revisit this policy as needed. Check our website and this listing for details before you attend class.
Anna Elise Anderson is a Florida-born poet, musician, artist, teacher, and freelance writer based in Nashville, TN. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from Davidson College and an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Florida. She served as Artist-in-Residence at Gainesville's Austin Cary Memorial Forest in 2017 and as the first Steve Kemp Writer-in-Residence for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2019. Her L.I.F.U. zines (volumes 1 and 2) won first place in the 2013 St. Petersburg Zine Fest, and her art and poetry zine She Thing was selected as a finalist for the Broken Pencil International Zine Awards in 2019. In the past, she's worked with the Franklin Park Reading Series in Brooklyn, served as Culture Editor of Charlotte Viewpoint Magazine, and taught creative writing at the University of Florida, Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, the Great Smoky Mountains Association, Nashville School of the Arts, and The Porch. Her art and design writing is featured regularly in Metropolis Magazine, and her poetry, fiction, and interviews have appeared in Hobart, Quick Fiction, The Healing Muse, Scapegoat Review, TypeFace, The Southern Florida Poetry Journal, Kindling Arts Festival, 491 Magazine, A.I.R. Gallery, Treehouse Magazine, Davidson College's Cold Open Salon, Grasslimb Journal, Charlotte Viewpoint Magazine, Defy Film Festival, Hearty Magazine, WUFT.org, Smokies Life, and The Oakland Review. Anderson also composes and performs music under the name WHEATS.
"Elise was wonderful. She did a fantastic job making the material accessible to all and facilitating meaningful conversation."
"Elise is an excellent and very organized instructor. She is so approachable and created a positive, safe environment for workshopping pieces, and gave quality feedback on assignments. I hope to take another class from her in the future!"
"Elise Anderson's course was fascinating and immensely useful. Her teaching style was encouraging and engaging, filled with creative approaches for observation and awareness."