2011 Portland Zine Symosium Workshop schedule!


Fund raising strategies for your do-it-yourself projects large and small by Eleanor Whitney 11:00AM – 12:30PM

An Introduction to zinesters, independent publishers, and independent artists and performers of all kinds to the basics of fund raising, whether they aim to raise several hundred or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Telling a Story Without Telling a Story by Martha Grover 11:00AM -12:30PM

This is an idea-generating workshop on how to structure perzines in an interesting way. Martha Grover will be bringing in examples and participants can read out loud from selections.

Zines 101 by A.M. O’Malley, 1:00PM – 12:00PM

An introduction for novitiates to the world of zines, learn the basics of zines, how to make zines and why you should with A.M. O’Malley.

Portrait Zine Class by ladypajama 1:00PM – 2:00PM

This class will explore the unconventional portrait.  The students will use words, collage, and drawing to capture a portrait of their classmates.  The pages will be collected at the end of class and compiled into a zine that will be available the next day for pickup. Students should bring any art supplies they might be able bring, and a donation to go for making photocopies of the zine.

Adventures in Drawing by Jesse Reklaw 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Participants will have fun and expand their artistic horizons through a series of drawing games. One exercise will involve re-purposing old envelopes & packaging because mail art is awesome!

ZOE (Zine Organizers Event)  by Alex Wrekk 2:30PM – 3:30PM

This is a discussion group for zine event organizers and would be zine event organizers to share experiences and swap tips on running zines events. Zine events are any event that focuses on zine from 24 hour zine challenges, zine readings, zine tours or zine fests. The first ZOE was held during the 2011 Chicago Zine Fest and we hope to have these conversations going at different zine events all over the world.

Practical Mimeograph Printing by Dan Hack and Jake Anderson 3:00PM-  4:30PM

Be the first on your block since the 1950s! This workshop will give the user the skills needed to print using the mimeograph, mutli stamp, and other antiquated methods of office duplication. Dan Hack and Jake Anderson will go over equipment set-up, stencil preparation, printing, and any other basics that will send the user into the wilderness of ragged, inky zine production. Most of the earliest zines – our roots – were printed using the mimeograph. It can be the most DIY method of zine production (short of scratching it out with a sharp rock on bark) – no electricity required!

Storytime with James Michael Williams 4:00PM-  4:30PM

Take a 15 minute break and enjoy a multimedia story called, JASON THE CATDOG OR DOGCAT told by James Michael Williams.  Rated M for Mature.



Yoga For Zinesters by Korinna 10:00AM – 11:00PM

Yoga is great for relaxing and feeling good about yourself! Join Korinna for some yoga moves targeted specifically to relieve all your zine-making aches. It is not required, but you are encouraged to bring your own yoga mat.

No Shushing: Ask the Zine Librarian with Kelsey Smith, Milo Miller, Jerianne Thompson, and Joshua Barton 11:00AM – 12:30PM

A conversation between zinesters and the librarians who share their work with a broader audience.  Panelists will be giving an overview of their individual, zine library collections, which include public and academic collections as well as a web-accessible digital archive (QZAP).  Then the panelists will answer questions and solicit feedback on best practices for zine collections in libraries.  This workshop is for anyone interested in any aspect of zine librarianship!

JUST DRAW SOMETHING! by Rachel Lee-Carman 11:00AM – 12:00PM

The workshop is intended for zinesters to easily create illustrations. The workshop will help people who are daunted by drawing or those who know how to draw to explore new methods. Participants will use photographs (please bring your own, what we have will be really limited!) to create illustrations using a few easy and cheap transference techniques. The techniques demonstrated in this workshop create realistic illustrations in an easy way to make a zine fun and interesting without using often too-dark photographs. Zinesters can translate the skills they learn into making their mail more interesting, too!

“The Origin of You-ness”  with Cheyenne McClain and Sarah Curtis 12:30PM – 2:30PM

In this workshop we will explore the role of “Creation Stories” and “Coming Out Stories” in personal writing and exploration. We will practice writing together to engage with narratives surrounding the body in order to blur the lines between myth and reality in storytelling about ourselves. Together we will participate in activities and reflection that will illuminate specialness and you-ness! In the context of zine and DIY cultures, writing serves as an exercise in reconnecting agency and community, and establishes everyone’s capacity to create.

In Postage We Trust with Alex Wrekk 1:00PM-  2:00PM

The theme of this year’s Portland Zine Symposium is, postmarked. What better way to celebrate than by sending mail? So, let’s set aside some time for the ancient art of REAL mail. Bring the address of a penpal or a zine you have just read so you can send them a letter. PZS will supply paper,writing utincils, envelopes, and stamps. You provide your words and penmanship.

WOC Zine Workshops (club): Diversity and Self-Empowerment in DIY Culture with Tonya L Jones 2:30PM – 4:00PM

The Women of Color Zine Workshops has been going strong for over two years now at PZS. Tonya Jones attended a PZS one year and recognized a need to get more local, WOC involved in writing, activism, and zine culture. The workshop will provide a panel of current WOC club members. There will be an opportunity for Q&A and attendees to make a mini-zine!

Zines for Kids!  with Blue 2:30PM – 3:30PM

A zine-making workshop for kids. Fun is required!

Mail Art with Theresa Soto 3:30PM – 4:30PM

Zines and mail have long been partners.What if your mail can express another dimension of your creativity? This workshop explores mail art, ranging from ATC’s (artist trading cards) to Embellished Envelopes and other forms. All of them can enhance your mailing experience and make beautiful complements to your zines. Supplies will be provided for you to try some forms yourself. If you’d like to bring some lovely paper from your stash, you’ll have a chance to use it. Bring a Sharpie, if you can!



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