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Independent publishing workshop

2 hours
$180 per group

Explore how young people have expressed themselves through art and self-publishing from medieval times through to today in this hands-on workshop. Students will explore artists’ books and independent publications, and respond by creating their own zine to share their ideas to inspire discussion and debate.  

Students will: 

  • explore the history and culture of independent publishing
  • examine the different writing and illustrative styles artists and writers use to express themselves
  • see the Library’s unique heritage spaces, including the World of the Book exhibition
  • discover book-making techniques and create their own publication that reflects an emerging sense of personal style. 

As part of your program, your students can experience the Creative writing trail or the 'World of the book' exhibition trail.

In the Creative writing trail students will put pencil to paper while exploring the Library’s iconic spaces. Students will respond to tailored writing prompts, creating short pieces shaped by their Library experience encouraging them to reflect on what books and stories mean to them.

In the 'World of the book' exhibition trail students will explore the Library’s iconic spaces and the collection of rare and unique works on display in the World of the book exhibition. Students will discover how books are keepers of ideas, knowledge and stories. 

This program links to the Victorian Curriculum and helps students to: 

  • compare and evaluate how ‘voice’ as a literary device can be used in a range of different types of texts to evoke particular responses (VCELT465
  • create texts that reflect an emerging sense of personal style and evaluate the effectiveness of these texts (VCELT476
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate a range of visual works from different cultures, historical and contemporary contexts (VCAVAR046). 

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