Storytelling with Digital Collage

with grace (ge) gilbert
Tuesdays: February 14, 21, 28; 5–6:30pm CT

Inspired by the hybrid visual and poetic works of Anne Carson, Saidiya Hartman, and Diana Khoi Nguyen, among other makers, this virtual workshop offers participants a method of working digitally with collage materials to tell stories. Work with a series of personal artifacts (familial, cultural, and/or historical photographs or documents) in a digital format and develop a text/image concept through a series of writing and collage exercises. Practice close “readings” of images to create unique multimedia collages. With generative prompts and tutorials on how to use word processing software to collage, participants will come away with both technical skills and the beginnings of a project idea.

This workshop is designed for those interested in incorporating digital images into creative writing projects, though all artists, writers, and in-betweeners of all skill levels are welcome.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 4.5 hours, Category B or D

$100/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$50 for scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the “Adult” rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: This workshop uses word processing software (i.e. Microsoft Word or Pages on an Apple device). For this participatory virtual workshop, we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera, microphone, and word processing software (i.e. Microsoft Word). You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.
Materials: You are responsible for sourcing your own supplies from the materials list. You are welcome to reach out to teaching artists with questions about materials in advance of the workshop (contact information is listed on the materials list).

Please note: Registration closes 2/9 at midnight (CT).