Register for Library’s Free Zine Workshop, Get Published

Teens and adults who want to express themselves during these times may join a free online workshop and contribute to a new community zine that may be published by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Libraries.  

The libraries teamed up with zinester Christina Tran to offer a free virtual workshop on “Zines 101: Telling our COVID-19 Stories.”   

The hands-on workshop is scheduled for Thursday, June 25th, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. through GoToMeeting. Zines may include a mix of writing, artwork, or any other technique that aids self-expression.  

“I hope to open people’s eyes to the many ways zines can be made and stories can be told,” said Tran, “I hope everyone leaves inspired to make and share something of their own.”   

Participants may also contribute pages to the Benton County Quaranzine, a community anthology. The workshop is free and open to teens (six grade or older) and adults.   

Zines are an inclusive means of expression available to people. Tran explained the community surrounding zines offers the opportunity to listen to a variety of perspectives while sharing your own.   

“Zines are low-tech and anyone can make one,” explained Public Services Librarian Bonnie Brzozowski. “So, zines are accessible to anyone. This makes it a great format for sharing stories at a time when many of us either were or are staying home and cannot pop out for art supplies.”  

Tran added: “We are hoping to put together an anthology of personal stories from Benton County residents about their experiences during this time of COVID-19 pandemic, shelter-in-place orders, and movement in support of Black lives.”  

Submit to the ”Benton County Quaranzine” Community Zine  

The Corvallis-Benton County Public Libraries will compile the Benton County Quaranzine using the submissions from workshop participants and the community. Community members may write, draw, collage, or scrapbook their experiences during the COVID-19 stay-home order.   

“We think that by sharing our stories, we will all feel more connected and unified in our COVID-19-world struggles and successes,” said Brzozowski.  

Submissions are due August 31, 2020 and may be submitted by mail or email.  

“It’s an open call for submissions for art and writing that respond to these times, and the hope is that we can make sense and meaning by engaging with our personal stories,” said Tran.  

About the instructor  

Christina Tran is an Oregon-based comics artist and zinester. In addition to creating her zines and comic essays, Tran performed readings or led workshops all over the west coast. A few examples include Oregon State University, Sinking City Pop Fest, Asian American ComiCon Summit, and various other “zine-fests.” For more information or to see examples, visit her website or Instagram page.  

For Details or to Register  

For more information, visit the library’s virtual events page or the “Zines 101: Telling our COVID-19 Stories” registration page  

According the event page, participants will need standard letter sized paper, pens, markers, or anything else to use to write or draw.  

By Samantha Sied