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ENGL 361AR Creative Writing from the Archives

Zine history

Some background information on zines and zine history as well as a bit of how to:

How to construct a Zine

There are many ways to construct a zine!  We'll be using one sheet of tabloid size paper (17 x 11 inches) - and one cut - to make an 8 page zine. It's easy to make and easy to reproduce, which lends itself to making multiple copies for Glascock Contest swag.

How to fold an 8 page zine

Here's a video showing how to fold an 8 page zine (the example here uses a letter size sheet of paper but the folds are the same):

and instructions using photographs of the folds:

How to Make a Zine: A Beginner's Guide

How to add content to your zine

You can write, draw, and paste content directly onto your zine, create it completely digitally, or do a combination of the two. An important tip for anyone taking an analog approach to creating a zine: leave about a 1/2" border around the edge of the paper. This will prevent any content from being cut off when you photocopy it!

For anyone who wishes to take an at least partly digital approach, you can use this Google Slides template (instructions included in the file):

Zine template for tabloid size paper

Note that this is a view only copy of the template - you should make a copy of it to your Google Drive space where you'll be able to edit it.

Supplies you'll need

Whether you're choosing to  make your zine by analog or digital methods, you'll definitely need:

  • Tabloid paper
  • Scissors or an X-acto knife
  • A straight edge (for sharp folds)

If you're taking an analog or hybrid approach, you may need:

  • Pencils, pens, or markers
  • Paint
  • Glue stick

Tech resources and help in LITS

If you decide to take a hybrid approach to adding content to your zine (e.g., drawing pictures or writing some text by hand then digitizing it), here are some additional tech resources you may find useful:

  • Scanners - There are flatbed scanners located in the Information Commons and MEWS Media Teaching Area. Both areas are staffed if you need help (see hours for the Technology Help Desk in the Info Commons here and hours for the MEWS MTA here).
  • Image editing software - The Adobe Creative Suite (Photo Shop, Illustrator, etc.) is installed on all campus computers. The Mews Media Teaching Area is a great place to visit if you need coaching in how to use these.
  • Adobe Acrobat - This PDF software is installed on all campus computers. If you use the Google Slides template to create your zine, it's recommended that you use Adobe to print the PDF of the zine that you create from Google Slides.
  • Multi-function devices - These all-in-one printer/copier/scanners can be found in multiple locations around campus, however currently only the LITS Information Commons MFD is stocked with tabloid size paper.

Copyright and Fair Use

Most of the materials in the Glascock Prize Records, even those that are unpublished, are still copyright protected. This means you need to be careful about how you use them in order to comply with the law.  The following guides can help you figure out how and how much of these materials you can use under different circumstances.


While zines tend to be fairly informal publications, it's still recommended that you cite your sources.

If your zine includes any materials from the Glascock Prize Records (as likely it will!), you should add a citation at the end (see ASC policies & services web page, especially the Terms of use > Citations section). The preferred format is as follows:

Kathryn Irene Glascock Poetry Prize Records, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA

When citing other sources, you could try using a journalistic approach and use in-text attribution, a.k.a in-line citations. For example:

  • When quoting someone you interviewed:

    "Revenues are up 10,000 percent," said CEO John Smith.
  • When quoting a publication:

    "Text of quote goes here," Jane Doe wrote in The New York Review of Books.
  • When quoting an unpublished letter:

    "Mt. Holyoke is to me a synonym of "enchantment," wrote Marianne Moore in a March 19, 1945 letter to Mount Holyoke Professor Marianne Brock.
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