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:
- Alice Grundy, Editor in Chief at Seizure, who spoke to students about how she produced this magazine; her design and editorial vision
- Rob Ingram from Dunedoo spoke about his column for Country Style magazine and how he comes up with content and works as a freelance writer
- Award-winning Western Sydney-based writer Luke Carman lead a session on writing short fiction for magazines
- Amber Hooper, a Mudgee graphic designer and photographer, talked about creating stunning visuals for print publications
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.