Zine Workshop

Submitted by Aisha Conner-Gaten on January 22nd, 2020
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Short Description: 

This workshop introduces zines to a First Year Women's and Gender Studies class including what they are, general history and culture in the United States, and the process of making zines. This workshop supported a class assignment where students make zines featuring class readings and a reflective essay including original creative works. In the sessions, students recieve "handout" zines for note-taking and reflective work, a short lecture on zines, and work with databases to find pieces for their zine topics or ideas. The instructor can find example zines for the interactive exercise on Internet Archive and other collections.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Students will know the basics of zines as cultural and reflective documents in order to determine social value
  • Students will analyze zines for cultural and social impact and themes in order to recreate zines with their topics
  • Students will employ database searches in order to find and evaluate pieces for zine assignment
Women's Studies

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Course Context (e.g. how it was implemented or integrated): 

The course assignment for this workshop focused on the creation of the zine specifically incorporating previous course readings, essays, creative works, and organizational research. In support of this, the library workshop on zines introduced to idea of zines, showed examples with partner question work, and research time to explore subject databases for relevant articles and images.

Additional Instructor Resources (e.g. in-class activities, worksheets, scaffolding applications, supplemental modules, further readings, etc.): 
Potential Pitfalls and Teaching Tips: 

Time! Consider shortening zine handout to provide more time to create or work on individual zines. Perhaps even make a blank version with minimal illustration.

Suggested Citation: 
Conner-Gaten, Aisha. "Zine Workshop." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2020.