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Kelly Shortandqueer, co-founder of the Denver Zine Library, says that people often come into the library and ask how to make a zine. The Community Zine Workshop Series aims to answer that question in five Sunday sessions from July through September, after which aspiring zinesters will emerge with their own DIY publication.

"It usually feels a little bit overwhelming, so we thought we'd break it down into more manageable pieces," explains Shortandqueer, who publishes a zine by the same name. This series is meant for those who've never made a zine as well as those who just need a little motivation to get started again. "Sitting down and doing some writing at the Zine Library might be just what they need," he notes.

The workshops start today with a class on developing a concept and take participants through writing (July 24), editing content (August 7), formatting (August 21) and binding (September 4). Shortandqueer recommends bringing a notebook and a pen as well as a few ideas. There are tentative plans to have a big release party and reading of all of the completed zines at the end of the workshop series.

The workshops run from 11 a.m. to noon at the Denver Zine Library, 2727 West 27th Avenue, but the library will stay open until 3 p.m. for those wishing to continue working, browsing or hanging out. The series is free, and donations are accepted but not expected. Go to http://denverzinelibrary.org for information.
Sun., July 10, 11 a.m.-noon; Sun., July 24, 11 a.m.-noon; Sun., Aug. 7, 11 a.m.-noon; Sun., Aug. 21, 11 a.m.-noon; Sun., Sept. 4, 11 a.m.-noon, 2011

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