Making Books: An Introduction

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 39 Conc £14 Full £71 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Saturday 10:30 - 15:30 1 MAC 14/12/2019 14/12/2019 HW2085

What will the course cover?

In this one-day bookbinding course, students will be introduced to the several simple binding techniques that can be used to make books. The finished bound-books can have applications as creative journals, writing or reading journals, chapbooks for poetry or your own writing collections, sketch books, scrapbooks and diaries. They can also be adapted to use as personalised books for interests - such as books for your own artwork, reading groups, recipe books, travel journals, crafts notebooks or more, depending on student interests. (They also make good gifts).

Who is the course for?

• All adults who are interested in developing simple ways of publishing or collecting together their writing work or creative ideas • Those who would like to create their own hand-bound books for their own personal interests • Those wanting to make special hand-made gifts

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

• A good standard of spoken English

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

• Use professional techniques of paper folding, cutting and binding to create a range of hand-bound books • Select the appropriate type of paper grade, grain, material and paper type for your project • Understand and use a range of simple binding stitches and creative binding tapes • Use professional cover techniques for both soft and hard covers • Use and identify a range of decorative papers

How is the course organised?

• A one-day Saturday programme, centred around making three different book-binding projects • Informal small group workshop, with a focus on developing practical skills and knowledge, drawing on peer support and instruction/technique demonstration

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

• Students will select an out-of-class binding project • Students will be given a bookbinding book and resources list to select their own materials and further projects

How will my progress be assessed?

• In-Class Q&A • Observation of practical binding skills

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

• Further private hand-binding and related programmes will be discussed in-class • One-day autobiographical and life writing programmes - such as ‘Writing from Music’ and ‘Writing From Places’ • Fine art-related programmes • One or two-term creative writing programme

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

• There is a materials fee of £4.50, but all students will be able to take home three books at the end of the day • Notebook and pen

What support is available?

• Support assistant available for students with disability issues; please talk to the centre for more details at least a week before the programme begins • Some funding is available for fees and resources; please talk to the centre for more details at least a week before the programme begins