‘Silly Zines’ workshop for Black and POC writers with Olivia Hicks

Craft your own zine in this fun zine-making workshop for Black writers and writers of colour – no art skills required! Sign up here!

Please be mindful when booking. This is a workshop for Black writers and writers of colour based in Scotland (or for people who, pre-COVID, would have normally been resident in Scotland).

Silly Zines!

Zines are a liberating medium because they don’t depend on your art level. This workshop is open to writers at all levels, and no artistic or drawing skills are required!

In this workshop, Olivia will take you through the process of making an easy A4 zine. Come ready with a piece of your own writing (a poem, story, non-fiction, or notes) about a topic that you have a passion for: maybe a film, musician, hobby, personal experience or historical event. By the end of the session you will have a zine (or a mostly completed zine) on your chosen topic.

Zines are fun, personal, and easy to disseminate – a great way to share your interests! There are multiple ways to make an exciting and colourful zine, and none of these depend of your art level. A zine can include drawings or comics, or calligraphy, or you can create your zine out of collage. A pair of scissors is not essential, but is recommended. See below for more information about materials:

  • Essential items include: access to the internet, paper, and a pen
  • If you want to draw, bring pens, pencils and colouring materials.
  • If you want to make a collage, bring scissors, glue and some old magazines.
  • You might consider also bringing coloured pens or pencils, coloured paper, fabric, sequins – really, any materials that you can glue!

The Details

  • A max of 15 spaces, open to writers in all genres
  • This workshop will be hosted online using Webex (instructions will be sent to participants closer to workshop date)
  • Examples of zines will be shared before and during the workshop. Here’s an example on Hesitant Doodle
  • A chance to relax and explore your creativity in a different medium
  • The workshop will include creative prompts and time to share
  • Don’t forget your materials! (see above)
  • The workshop includes a 15-20min comfort break
  • Please respond to the RSVP* 4 days before the event to retain your ticket*
  • All SBWN events will adhere to our safer spaces policy. You can learn more about our policy here.
Access & Tech

To participate in the online event, you will need:

  • a good internet/wi-fi connection
  • a laptop, computer, tablet or mobile phone to join by audio and video
  • Please email your access requirements: scotbamewriters@gmail.com

*RSVP Policy: Our free events are very popular and have a waitlist. We will email you 4 days before the event to confirm your attendance. Please respond by the 9th July to confirm, otherwise we will release your ticket to our waitlist. Thank you!

About Olivia

Olivia Hicks (she/her) is an independent comics creator living in Dundee, Scotland. She has created educational comics for the British Library and UK Research and Innovation. She has written comics for the 2000 AD Summer Special (2018) and the Cor!! Buster Easter Special (2020). Her webcomic Sarararara (2018 – present) was nominated for Best Web Comic in the 2019 ComicScene Awards.

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