Hightlights: Bookmaking Workshop

BWSI offers Book-Binding Workshop with Sonia Farmer!

Sonia Farmer is a writer and bookmaker as well as participant of the inaugural Bahamas Writers Summer Institute in 2009. This year she comes back as a teacher, sharing with us her expertise in the area of book arts and publishing.


The Landscape of Memory: Book-Binding Workshop

It is said that everything exists in order to be in a book. In this special book-binding workshop, you will learn how to make your own books by hand, providing you with self-publishing knowledge to share the stories you’ll be writing during your workshops. This is a self-empowering skill for writers to have–publishing belongs to all of us, because sharing our stories matter.

Participants will learn about the tools and materials needed to create books as they learn about folding structures (such as the accordion fold) and binding structures (such as the three-hole pamphlet-stitch) and the different ways text functions in the space of a book, allowing your stories to resonate on deeper levels with your readers.

You’ll be surprised and inspired by what you can create on your own, and with book-binding tool kits available for purchase after the class, you’ll be empowered to begin your own book-binding journey as you explore the ways language and book structures can hold meaningful conversations beyond those provided by the current larger publishing world.

No computer knowledge or materials needed — everything will be provided.

The workshop takes place Saturday, July 23, 10am-1pm. The cost of the workshop is $30 and is open to the public. Ms. Farmer will also be discussing the “Art of Publishing at Home” along with other publishers and self-published authors at the Hub on Monday, July 11, 7-9pm. For more information, call the Hub at 322-4333 or visit our calendar for more details.

Sonia Farmer is the author of two self-published chapbooks, What Becomes Us and Grow.  She is the founder of Poinciana Paper Press, a small press located in Nassau, The Bahamas, that publishes limited-edition hand-bound books of Caribbean writing with elements of letterpress-printing, papermaking, and/or printmaking. Published titles include In a China Shop & Other Poems by Obediah Michael Smith, Mama Lily & The Dead by Nicolette Bethel, The Little Death by Keisha Lynne Ellis and Surfer’s Choice by Christi Cartwright. Forthcoming projects with local Bahamian artists and writers will explore conversations between text and image, and she is working on the anthology That They May Learn Our Language: Six Word Stories From The Caribbean. She has exhibited and sold books and participated on publishing panels internationally as well as at home. She holds a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute, and has trained under internationally established book-binders, papermakers, letterpress-printers and printmakers.

The Bahamas Writers Summer Institute is a Caribbean centered creative writing program located in the heart of Nassau at the College of the Bahamas Campus. BWSI 2011 begins on July 4th, and is still open to writers of all levels in poetry, fiction, memoir, screenwriting and playwriting. To apply or register for any of our additional workshops, visit our applications page to download a 2011 application, write to us at bahawsi@yahoo.com, or call us at 242-326-3481.


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