Workshops

IC PRESS COOPSimple Artist’s Book Structures with the Iowa City Press Co-op

10 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, Oct. 8

Location: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting room E.

Sign up for a whirlwind introduction to several book structures (including pamphlet, accordion, and lotus) that can be used to make artist’s books, led by Kalmia Strong, a member of the Iowa City Press Co-op. Iowa City Press Co-op (originally called Zenzic Press) was founded in 2012 as PS1’s community print shop.  We provide facilities and equipment for intaglio, relief, silkscreen, letterpress, and bookbinding and are collectively run by a group of members. Shop access is also available to the general public during open hours and through workshops. We work to foster and develop a local community of book and print artists and enthusiasts by providing low-cost access to shared equipment and creating educational and professional opportunities, projects, and collaborations. 

Free. Materials provided. Space is limited, register below.

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Don QuixoteDon Quixote Redraw/ Redibujar Don Quijote

10 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, Oct. 8

Location: Iowa City Public Library meeting room D

Children will have the opportunity to enjoy a creative bilingual experience learning and drawing Don Quixote and many other characters of Cervantes masterpiece. With Prof. Denise Filios, Prof/Writer Ana Merino and MFA students of the UI Spanish Creative Writing Program. Free. No Registration required.

IYWP.jpgPrompted: A Parade of Creative Writing Activities with the Iowa Youth Writing Project

11 a.m. – Noon,  Saturday, Oct. 8

Location: Weatherdance Fountain Stage outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.

Picture this: you’ve just sat down at your freshly-cleaned writing desk with a blank sheet of paper, your favorite pen, a mug of hot tea, and a free afternoon. No one will bother you. Even your annoying little sister knows not to barge in. But just as you un-cap your pen to release all the beauty and wisdom of your innermost thoughts, it happens: you blank out. What to write about? You had so many ideas just yesterday! At Prompted, we’ll discuss–and try!–a host of writing prompts to get you through your next block, or even just a regular writing day. We’ve got a wide variety of prompts to choose from–ridiculous, dreamy, fantastical, weird, serious, edgy, and more. And of course there will be time for sharing. So come on down; inspiration awaits!

Free. Materials provided. Ages 9-14 only. Space is limited, register below. 

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PromptPressWord Portraits: Getting to Character through Rhythm and Point of View, with Prompt Press & Free Generative Workshops (FGW)

1 – 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8

Location: Weatherdance Fountain Stage outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.

For this special installment of FGW Jennifer Colville will discuss how looking at visual art can open writers to new formal possibilities. Together, we’ll look at how Picasso’s vision intersected with and inspired Gertrude Stein’s Word Portraits, and we will compose a word portrait of our own.

Now in its third inspiring year, the Free Generative Writing Workshop is Iowa City’s only monthly writing workshop that brings together adult writers of all levels to have their imaginations sparked by our area’s most talented writers and teachers, at absolutely no cost. The goal is to create a supportive environment in which participants can generate new writing and meet others interested in the same. Each month a different talented writer-teacher from our area invites us to write from an original prompt — and then composes along beside us as we explore where that prompt leads. After writing, we have the option to share what we’ve created and receive feedback.

Free. Materials provided. Space is limited. Register below.

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CP-StudiosJapanese Stab Binding with artist Julie Russell Steuart of Caveworks Press & Studios

2 – 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8

Location: Weatherdance Fountain Stage outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.

In this hands-on bookbinding workshop you will learn how to make your own book with this ancient technique.   Visual artist Julie Russell-Steuart grew up in Maryland and earned a BFA in General Fine Art from Maryland Institute, College of Art. She publishes letterpress books of poetry, artist’s books, prints, and stationery on a vintage Vandercook printing press under the imprint Caveworks Press. Her artwork combines printmaking techniques like linoleum carving, pressure printing, collagraph, and wood engraving. She uses various book-binding techniques to make blank journals. Her artist’s books are collected privately and by several University libraries, including The University of Iowa, Texas State University and the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library at the University of Kentucky.

Free. Materials provided. Register below. 

We're sorry, this workshop is full.