Youth ages 8 to 17 are invited to take part in hands-on literary arts classes this winter here at the Adirondack Center for Writing (15 Broadway, Saranac Lake). On February 26, we’ll host two in-person workshops for young writers, led by Megan Charland of The Link Arts Center (Plattsburgh). These workshops are free to all students thanks to the Lake Placid Education Foundation.

My First Fanzine

10am – 12pm | Ages 8 – 12
A fanzine (fan + zine) is a zine created to celebrate a particular cultural phenomenon (think of your favorite show, musician, video game, meme, etc.) and share with other fans.

Students will create their own zine and make enough copies to share with their family and friends.

Teen Zine

1pm – 3pm | Ages 13 – 17
Express yourself! Through collage, drawing, and juxtaposing images with text, students will learn to make their own small circulation, self-published, zines (short for fanzine or magazine).

What is a zine?
pronounced “zeen” | ZINE (n):
(This info is provided by The Bindery in Milwaukee)

A zine is a self-published, non-commercial print-work that is typically produced in small, limited batches.  Zines are created and bound in many DIY ways, but traditionally editions are easily reproduced—often by crafting an original “master flat,” and then photocopying, folding, and stapling the pages into simple pamphlets.  Zines may also be sewn, taped, glued—or even exist in unbound and other non-folio formats.  The main rule is that there are no rules!

People who create zines [“zinesters”] are likely to be more motivated by self-expression and artistic passion than they are by profit: zines are usually inexpensive and sometimes distributed for free or in trade for other zines, goods, and services.  The history of zines is vast and fascinating: read more about it here.

Zines can touch on a variety of topics from music and art, to politics, sexuality, humor and personal memoir.  Their content may be written, drawn, printed, collaged, or any other form of combining words and imagery—a zine’s structure may be narrative, journalistic, comic-like, or completely abstract.