How to Make a Chapbook and Get Your Work into Print with Elaine Sexton

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 12:00 PM until Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 02:00 PM

Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708
United States

Instructor: Elaine Sexton
5 sessions, $450

Do you have a small group of poems or a story you’d like to gather together in book form? This workshop begins with exercises in easy-to-make hand-bound books, using your own text, and concludes with a clear plan for getting this now ready-for-prime time work into print. Everyone will complete the class with a tangible plan and a chapbook in hand. Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost gathered their poems in what would now be called a chapbook, a limited-edition, simply-bound book as brief as a single story or poem, or more commonly (today) 24 pages. Chapbooks may be self-published, given as gifts, or submitted to publishers or contests sponsored by literary organizations and small presses. In this five-week workshop you will learn how to shape a print-worthy manuscript from your work. Lessons will include refining and ordering your material, selecting the best title, strategies for getting published, and much more.

Elaine Sexton is a poet, critic, micro-publisher, and educator. She is the author of three full-length collections of poems, most recently Prospect/Refuge (Sheep Meadow Press). Her poems and reviews have appeared widely in journals including American Poetry Review, Poetry, and O! the Oprah Magazine. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and has served as a judge for several book and chapbook awards including the Jane Kenyon Book Award and the Frank O’Hara Poetry Prize. Formerly a senior editor for ARTnews, she recently founded Combine Books with memoirist, Heather Sellers, and has been an editor/curator for Q Avenue.

Writing Institute Registration Process:

Step 1 - Registration Information: Complete this registration form in full.

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If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-395-2205 or email


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