Unfolding Narratives: Writing for Artist’s Books

with Ellen Sheffield
Tuesdays, October 4, 11 and Wednesday, October 19; 7–9pm CT

In this virtual workshop, learn techniques for generating text for artist’s books through conceptual approaches: text as image, as narrative, and as lyrical expression. Experiment with typographic systems and text itineraries, as well as Dada and Surrealist approaches. Writing exercises will be assigned before, during, and in between the three workshop sessions. Various methods for getting text onto book pages will be demonstrated through mark making, transfers, stencils, stamps, and rub-on type—in addition to demonstrations on how to make simple accordion book structures.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 6 hours, Category C or D

$130/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$65 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this participatory virtual workshop, we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. 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 9/29 at midnight (CT).