Self-Publishing and Liberation
Took place on Saturday March 20th 2010 at The Women's Library, London from 10am-3.30pm.
Practical workshop about self-publishing, with a particular focus on Print-on-Demand technology.
The workshop combined historical testimony from Gail Chester and Amanda Sebestyen, who spoke about their involvement with publishing collectives in the Women's Liberation Movement, with creative exercises that armed participants with the inspiration and tools to start publishing their own material.
Workshop facilitated by Deborah M. Withers, author of the Arts Council funded booklet Self-Publishing and Empowerment: A Resource for Community Groups, and founder of HammerOn Press.
Here are a series of images and resources from the day:
Amanda Sebestyen talking about her life as a 'serial self-publisher'
A sample of publications from Gail Chester's personal collection
'I found Debi's presentation very helpful - especially her generosity in sharing her experiences. Her sincere and engaging work as a faciliator really helped everyone in the group participate in a way that resulted in a particularly supportive and lively session'.
Helen Walton, workshop participant
'The workshop was simply a godsend. I write a lot of inspirational material and was just beginning to consider publishing them; however I didn't quite know where to start. Deb's presentation was much to the point about the reality of publishing, the time it takes, the collaborative effort required, the cost involved and how much one can make. It was simply brilliant and just what I needed. I learnt a lot from both the presentation and the lively group interactive sessions that formed part of the day. Thank you very much for starting me off on this journey'.
Sandra Kaffo, workshop participant