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Don’t miss out on Word Vancouver’s chapbook-making workshop!

September 24, 2013

What is a chapbook?

Chapbooks are small, handmade books that help authors share their writing with others. Chapbooks frequently incorporate elements of fine print—decorative elements such as embossing, hand-stitched spines, stamps, and beautiful calligraphy. Because most chapbooks are handmade, they usually have limited circulation.

Why do chapbooks matter?

Chapbooks allow authors the ability to control the production and dissemination of their work; they also provide emerging writers in particular with a venue for publication that is outside of the often hegemonic control of larger presses. Chapbooks help writers overcome barriers to entry in the Canadian publishing industry—they are a vital and important element of Canada’s diverse literary culture.

Do many Canadian writers have chapbooks?

Beginning in the early twentieth century, Canadian chapbooks flourished. Large presses such as the Ryerson Press and small presses like Crucible Press produced chapbook series that contained experimental work by emerging writers. In this era, chapbook “anthologies” were also produced by local writers groups, including many branches of the Canadian Authors’ Association.

At present, many small Canadian presses continue to produce beautiful chapbook series. Some of these presses include Gaspereau Press, JackPine Press, Leaf Press, and above/ground press. In addition, many authors continue to make chapbooks privately. Chapbook-making workshops are not uncommon in creative writing programs and at festivals like Word Vancouver!

Does Word Vancouver have a chapbook-making workshop this year?

Yes! Heidi Greco, poet extraordinaire and experienced chapbook-maker, will be leading a chapbook-making workshop at Carnegie Centre (401 Main Street, Vancouver) with the assistance of Gillian Dunks on Thursday, September 26th, from 2 PM-6PM.

Is the workshop free?

Yes! Show up with ten pages of typed work on a USB or CD, and all the materials required to create ten short chapbooks will be supplied free of charge.

If your work is not in typed form, please consider attending the Type-Up workshop in the Carnegie Learning Centre at 1 PM on Thursday, September 26th.

How do I sign up for this workshop?

Please sign up in person for Word Vancouver’s Chapbook-making workshop in the Carnegie Centre office on the third floor.

Will I be able to sell my chapbooks at the festival?

Yes! You will have the opportunity to sell copies of your chapbook on Sunday, September 29th, at the membership table in the Vancouver Public Library.

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One comment

  1. HI- THIS IS 4 HEIDI GECO. IM CAROLINE C CARDINAL-@snowcarol3@yahoo.com. LOVE TO MAKE A CHAP BOOK. BUT IT SOUNDS 2 COMPLICATED. IF I GO 2 A CLASS. 1 PM AT CARNIEGIE CENTER 3RD FLOOR ON WHAT IS IT THURSDAY- 25TH CAN THEY HELP ME PUT MY POEMS ON A DISC? I JUST GOT A BINDER FULL OF POEMS. ONLY THING IS I DONT KNOW HOW 2 TRANSFER THEM 2 THE BLANK DISC AS I HAVE A OLD MAC LAPTOP THAT IS NOT WORKING 2 WELL. ALSO U GOT THE DATES WRONG 4 THE WORK SHOP. U SAY THURSDAY- BUT THAT IS 25TH- NOT 26TH. SAME THING 4 THE CLASS AT CARNIGIE.WRONG DATE AGAIN. IT’S EITHER THURSDAY OR FRIDAY 26TH.???? CAN ANY1 GIVE ME SOME INFO. THANKS.CCC



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