How to Make A Chapbook & Get Your Work into Print with Elaine Sexton

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM until 03:00 PM

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

Instructor: Elaine Sexton
Length: 1 session, $200

Do you have a small group of poems or a story you’d like to gather together in book form? Everyone will complete the class with a physical chapbook in hand and a tangible plan. 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 day-long workshop you will learn the basics of preparing a print-worthy manuscript, refining and ordering your material, selecting a title, strategies for getting published, and much more. You will learn how to make two types of easy-to-reproduce hand-bound books using your own text. No previous bookmaking experience necessary.  
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 and editor/advisory board member for Q Avenue, she recently founded Combine Books with poet Heather Sellers.


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