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Zine Workshop for Young Women Writers Institute Online: Beyond the Gates

This guide was made by Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman to accompany a workshop for the Barnard Pre-College Program in the summer of 2021

Agreements

front and back of Bystander Intervention & De-escalation zine by Eleanor Whitney

Read and Discuss

photo of a cat reading a zineWhat Zines Are Like

Skim a zine for three minutes and then switch, for four rounds. You will not be able to read these zines in their entirety in this session. You can finish them later if you wish!

[Content alerts: curse words, sexuality, references to bigotry]

Round 1

First born - Asian American Feminist Antibodies

Middle, only, it's complicated - Gothic Beauty #45

Youngest - Sillywish #5 (Try not to be distracted by the way Sillywish is presented. It was published as a paged zine/booklet)


Round 2

First born - Sillywish #5 (Try not to be distracted by the way Sillywish is presented. It was published as a paged zine/booklet)

Middle, only, it's complicated - Asian American Feminist Antibodies

Youngest - Gothic Beauty #45


Round 3

First born - Gothic Beauty #45

Middle, only, it's complicated - Sillywish #5 (Try not to be distracted by the way Sillywish is presented. It was published as a paged zine/booklet)

Youngest - Asian American Feminist Antibodies


Breakout for 5 minutes

  • How are the three publications similar?
  • How are the three publications different?
  • What can you tell about the creator(s)?
  • Which publications make you feel
    • like you can make your own
    • like you can relate to what one or more of the creators is saying
    • like....(fill in how the publications make you feel)

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