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14th August
to 18th August
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Self Publishing Summer School

14th August to 18th August
Join us in the bookbinding workshop for an experimental self publishing summer school!

Join Manchester School of Art alumni, bookbinding technicians and Special Collections Museum staff for this exciting summer school programme looking at self publishing.

Ran over the course of five days, the short course will provide an introduction to methods of self publishing, with talks and workshops from practitioners making zines, magazines and artist books. Participants will produce a self published collaborative edition, which will launch with an exhibition at MMU’s Special Collections museum. 

You will be introduced to the Bookbinding workshop and learn techniques available to you when using this creative space in the future.

Please note this is a full week programme, take a look at the schedule to ensure you can commit to the sessions and full opportunity.

In your Expression of Interest could you tell us a little about your interest in self publishing or zine making? We would love to know about why you are applying to the summer school.

In A Nutshell...

  • Explore... the bindery zine library and Special Collections Museum's zine archive
  • Collaborate... with students across the university to produce a risograph publication
  • Get inspired... by alumni who are now working in the field of art, design and publishing
  • Support... your artistic practice with a new medium
  • Develop skills... in design, printing, binding and finishing
  • Gain recognition... with an exhibition at Special Collections museum
  • Earn up to 250 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • place 09:00 to 12:00 on 14/08/23 - Chatham 002
    Artist talks
    Artist talks by bookbinding technicians plus MMU alumni, focusing on different approaches to zine making from backgrounds of Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Illustration and Social Justice.
  • place 13:00 to 16:00 on 14/08/23 - Chatham 002
    An Introduction to Binding
    Delve into the bindery zine library and investigate binding methods! In this workshop you will practice beak books, pamphlet stitch, supaclip binding and saddle stitch, making a range of blank dummy zines.
  • place 09:00 to 10:00 on 15/08/23 - Chatham 002
    Continued Intro to Zine Making
    Return to the bookbinding workshop between 9am and 10am to finish off any zine dummies and walk over to Special Collections Museum
  • place 10:00 to 12:00 on 15/08/23 - Special Collections Museum in MMU Library (3rd Floor)
    Special Collections Museum Visit
    Visit Special Collections Museum for a talk by their staff, explaining how they archive zines, publications, and artist books. There will be a chance to browse through selected editions and get inspiration.
  • place 13:00 to 16:00 on 15/08/23 - Chatham 002
    Introduction to Risograph printing
    Discover the wonders of Risograph, a digital duplicator often described as screen printing crossed with a photocopier. Together we will make a collaborative beak zine using 2 spot colours.
  • place 09:30 to 16:00 on 16/08/23 - Chatham 002
    Designing a Collaborative Publication
    Building off the processes learnt in the previous days, we will identify a group interest and develop content using collage, mark making, drawing and more to produce a collaborative Risograph publication.
  • place 09:30 to 16:00 on 17/08/23 - Chatham 002
    Printing and Binding a Collaborative Publication
    Print and bind our collaborative zine using a Risograph printer and specialist bindery equipment.
  • place 10:00 to 15:00 on 18/08/23 - Special Collections, MMU Library (4th floor)
    Archive and Exhibit a Publication
    Return to Special Collections to discuss adding your publication to their archive, and plan an exhibition of the work made during the week. This day is optional.