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Amaranth C. Borsuk
BISIA 483
Bothell Campus

Advanced Arts Workshop

Advanced levels of art making which extend artistic proficiencies and knowledge. Arts may include visual , written, or performance arts, or a combination of these.

Class description

Chapbooks and Artists' Books

This interdisciplinary writing workshop explores the juncture between writing and the hand-made book. Through experimental writing exercises and hands-on bookbinding tutorials, students will consider the way a poem's form and content might be put into fruitful dialogue. Participants in the course will learn several binding styles and will attempt to write into and against these forms, creating new book structures of their own along the way. We might picture a book as a rectangular object bound along one edge, but it can also take shape as a stack of cards, fold-out map, flip-book, sculpture, audio recording, interactive app, or even performance, among other forms. By intertwining a study of artist's books (limited-edition hand-made book-like objects) and chapbooks (small poetry pamphlets produced inexpensively and in short print runs), participants in this class will push their writing practice and engage with contemporary small-press publishing.

Student learning goals

To experiment with book-making techniques and structures.

To create written works attentive to their own material form.

To practice critical thinking about the nature of books as objects and the systems in which such objects circulate.

To foster a supportive studio environment in which students work collaboratively and provide and receive feedback on work-in-progress.

General method of instruction

This interdisciplinary writing workshop will include hands-on in-class bookmaking tutorials, workshops of creative writing, conversations about the critical readings, and presentations by students.

Field trips to special collections on the Seattle campus to view sample books for inspiration will supplement our reading.

Recommended preparation

This advanced workshop is intended to deepen writers' understanding of their craft and of the possibilities for disseminating their work. Therefore, some experience in creative writing workshops, whether at UWB or elsewhere, is highly recommended. No previous book-making experience is necessary.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include creative writing, the creation of hand-made books, readings of critical and creative work, a presentation, and a final project.

Graduate students wishing to enroll in this class may sign up for BCWRIT597 with the instructor and will be expected to complete additional work to receive credit.

Grades will be based on engagement, contribution to the class, and completion of required experiments.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Amaranth C. Borsuk
Date: 01/23/2014