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Seattle’s Zine Scene
April 27; May 4, 11, 18 & 25 / 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / Ages 11-14
Learn about the rich history of zines by making your own! Use this unique medium to explore specialty themes and communicate your original ideas to any audience you want. You’ll read some zines and then write your own pieces and even illustrate with drawings or mixed media. You will choose your writing style: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, or a personalized combination.
Rose Slayton and Terra Chapek are the co-founders (and sole members) of Seattle’s Competitive Old Minivan Karaoke League (COMKL), an organization dedicated to the performance of adult contemporary ballads. This group would be excellent fodder for coverage in a zine. They are also veteran after-school tutors and workshop leaders at 826 Seattle.
Session 1: April 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Session 2: May 4 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Session 3: May 11 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Session 4: May 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Session 5: May 25 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
May 11, 18 & 25 / 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. / Ages 10-12
There are superheroes all around us more fantastic than the Fantastic 4, battier than Batman, and more super than even Superman. Who could possibly be so super, you ask? The insects all around you! In this three-part workshop, you will research, study, and discuss different insects, then write your very own field guide. You will illustrate the guides and write facts and stories about these super beings.
Diana Bryant is a cookie baker, leaf raker, and candlestick maker. You can find her at the park with her 10-year old Chihuahua who is a reluctant participant in all forms of exercise. When she's not juggling fruit, Diana loves to watch crows, as they are some of the most fascinating, intelligent creatures of the sky.
Session 1: May 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Session 2: May 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Session 3: May 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
May 25; June 1 & 8 / 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Ages 14-18
For more than a decade now, people have been jamming rules down your throat—especially about writing. No fragments, ever. Repetition is really, really bad. Spell-check everything. We all learn rules for being correct writers, but what do these rules have to do with being good writers? Chaucer wrote “axe” instead of “ask.” We’re still up to our eyeballs in words Shakespeare just made up (i.e. “eyeball”). In this workshop, we’ll break all the writing rules we know, create our own, and maybe—just maybe—we’ll each end up with our own set of rules for being the writers we want to be.
Amy Baily has always liked testing rules. She once turned in a six-panel cartoon instead of a 15-page final paper—and got an A. She's written TV commercials, short fiction, book reviews, a patent application, and, once, a closing argument for a trial.
Session 1: May 25 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Session 2: June 1 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Session 3: June 8 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.