2015 Poetry Bookmaking Workshop with Megan Chaskey

For two weeks at Springs School in East Hampton, Megan Chaskey worked with thirty 8th Graders to write and edit personal poems.  Each student created a hand-bound art book of their original poetry using fabrics and artboard.  The students’ finished works of book art will be presented at a poetry reading in May.

Poetry writing:

  1. Exploring the vital elements of poems, starting with expressive and interesting words, metaphor, sound and sense. Exploring how we express feeling, understanding and even narrative in poems.
  2. Beginning with listening to a few great examples of poetry, we move into writing a group poem as a way to explore the process of writing poems.
  3. Witnessing each other’s poems with supportive, constructive comments, reinforcing how to really notice what makes a poem work.
  4. Polishing poems into their final form.

Bookmaking:

  1. The body of the book — collating the poems either as handwritten pages or printed as documents in the correct layout including any images the students would like to include.
  2. Creating the books — Sewing the pages together; covering the book with fabric; inserting the pages into the cover.