Chapbook Design Program









Learn how to design and produce a small print run of a chapbook in the Chapbook Design Program. Designed as a second year offering for Portfolio Program graduates, the Chapbook Design Program combines manuscript revision with book design instruction and self-publishing practices. Over the course of two terms, students in the Chapbook Design Program will revise a manuscript of creative work that they will go on to design, print and bind. Participants will be introduced to the basics of desktop publishing & design principles, as well as short-run print production. Students can expect to spend class time in:

  • Peer workshop, approaching revision on the macro level of theme and organization of a chapbook-length piece of work;
  • Graphic design tutorial instruction, covering the basics of typesetting and page layout in InDesign, and a brief intro to Photoshop;
  • Studio instruction covering bookarts & binding techniques; and
  • Work sessions for participants to gain hands-on experience in chapbook layout and print production

The Chapbook Design Program is ideally suited to poets & prose writers who have graduated from the Portfolio Program; or poets and writers who have a manuscript of poetry or prose that they are ready to self-publish. While past participation in the Portfolio Program or Certificate Program is not required, the Chapbook Design Program builds on the analog print & publishing tools covered in the Portfolio Program, offering students the opportunity to add another tool to their self-publishing toolbox. At the conclusion of the course, students will have designed, printed and bound and printed five chapbooks, (one of which will be archived in the IPRC’s Zine Library Collection) and the program will culminate in a celebratory Chapbook Release Reading.

Workshop Fees: The cost for the Chapbook Design Program is $1400. The IPRC strives to make programs financially accessible by providing sliding scale and no-cost spots. BIPOC & 2S applicants are prioritized for sliding scale and no-cost positions. Payment plans are also available.

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Applications due January 4th

Meets once a week, 6-9pm on Thursdays

January 22nd — May 13th

with Instructor Krystle May Statler