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Mudgee Zine-Makers Workshop

Location: Mudgee, Orana Region (Orana Arts)
Contribution: $3,000 – Country Arts Support Program (CASP)
In 2017 the Mudgee Readers’ Festival staged a workshop series called Making a Magazine, led by local artist and journalist Sam Paine. This free workshop series took place over a school term at the Mudgee Library, and was aimed at 12-16 year olds. Students learned about the process of generating ideas, creating artwork, writing fiction and non-fiction, editing, and putting together content.
By the end of the program, the students were equipped with the tools to create their own zine, and an understanding of many principles involved in producing a publication. Over the course of the program, students made their own magazine as a group under Sam’s leadership, which was launched at the Mudgee Readers’ Festival by freelance journalist and author, Sarah Ayoub.
Special guest speakers for the program included:


Image: Mudgee Zine-Makers Workshop participants. Photo by Amber Hooper.


While the Mudgee region has a rich visual arts and theatre scene, extra-curricular literary learnings for the 12-16 year age group are limited. Mudgee Readers Festival was able to engage local talent in the project, as well as visiting creatives that students would not ordinarily get the chance to hear from. The program allowed for diverse and inspiring activities and teachings, and built the skills and engagement of young people in a sustainable and ongoing way.

Image: The final zine produced from the workshop program. Photo by Amber Hooper.


The Mudgee Zine-Makers Workshop was supported by Create NSW’s (formerly Arts NSW) Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local Regional Arts Development Organisations on behalf of the NSW Government.