Workshops

Olympia Zine Fest is pleased to present our 2018 workshop lineup! Workshops will take place on Saturday, October 13 at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW. All workshops are free.

The Typewriter Revolution and Zines with Marty Hemmann
11am – 1pm
Room 101
Care and maintenance of your vintage typewriter from local typewriter expert, Marty Hemmann – Resources, info, stories, and more! Pop-up shop after with restored vintage typewriters at reasonable prices.

Old School Promotion: Make Your Own Zine Ads with Alex Wrekk
11:15am – 1pm
Room 102
Old school zine promo workshop! Make a small ad for your zine with materials provided. Years ago when you received a zine in the mail they came with a bunch of slips of paper with little ads for other zines. Sometimes these ads were printed in zines or sent to distros to send out with orders. These are a great way to promote community and share info about zines that you like. A small photocopier, stickers, typewriters, and other supplies will be provided.

Maps Are Just Zines Folded Differently: Panel Discussion with Tom Boucher, Nate Orton, Devon Damonte, and Marcy LaViollette
1:30pm – 2:45pm
Room 101
A panel of uniquely qualified cartography enthusiasts will explore the intersection of maps and zines. Panelists: GrocerySpy, aka Tom Boucher (psychogeographic walking maps of Olympia, WA); Devon Damonte (Historic Trees Walking Tour); Nate Orton (My Day zine); and Marcy LaViollette (GIS coordinator for the City of Olympia).

Diary Comics with Liz Yerby
1:30pm – 3pm
Room 102
In this comic we will explore diary comics as a writing prompt. How do they help your art and your writing? We will investigate a variety of diary comics and then end the session by making our own four panel comic.

Conversation with Guest of Honor Mimi Thi Nguyen (Evolution of a Race Riot, Slant) and Anna Vo (Fix My Head)
3pm to 4pm
Room 101
Vo will lead a Q+A with writer, punk and academic Mimi Thi Nguyen, Associate Professor of Gender and Women Studies; and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The discussion will reflect on queerness, being a punk of color, intergenerational observations, punk as an institution, the academy,  struggles, identity, diaspora, US imperialism, and how all of these things intersect with zine-writing! We will welcome questions from audience members.

The Confidence Factor with Dr. Lauren*
3:30pm – 5pm
Room 102
Half workshop/Half interactive performance. The first 45 minutes will focus on exploration and skill building, with some materials intended to guide participants in using the content in a real-world way, and as an opportunity for self-reflection and development. For the second half Lauren will transform into Dr. Lauren* Therapist, Cosmetologist, Entertainer and perform a mini-version of her live advice-improv-comedy experience, where folks can ask their questions anonymously and Dr. Lauren* will provide advice like only she can, with love, respect and humor.

*Dr. Lauren is not a licensed therapist or cosmetologist.

Self Guided Workshop: Dear Future Ancestor (curated by Christina Tran)
11:30am-5pm
Quiet Zine Reading Area
In this workshop, we will write letters across generations. By channeling wisdom from the past, we’ll create the imagined futures we want to see in the world, and all of these messages will nourish our present.