Application Deadline: 2023 Fine Press Seminar for Emerging Writers

Event Info

Eight writers will be selected to participate in Center for Book Arts’ 2023 Fine Press Seminar for Emerging Writers led by CBA Master Printer Barbara Henry.

Henry will teach the 2023 participants the basics of letterpress printing—including traditional typesetting and methods incorporating new technology—empowering each writer to produce their own broadsides and chapbooks.

Participants also will hear lectures from various professionals in the field—printers, fine press publishers, book artists, and dealers, to get a practical overview of small press publishing.

The 2022 program will take place in-person at CBA across five days in January, the 25th through 29th, from 10am-4pm. Those selected must attend the entire five-day workshop.

Tuition for the seminar is FREE and all materials are also provided free of cost. The program is most suitable for those with little to no letterpress experience.

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About Barbara Henry

Barbara Henry holds an MFA in painting from American University and studied typography at the University of Iowa with Kay Amert. From 1985 to 2004,  she was Curator of Bowne & Co., Stationers at The South Street Seaport Museum NYC. During this time, she produced books under the name Harsimus Press. In addition to her work at the press, she serves as the Master Printer at Center for Book Arts NYC as well as teaching workshops there.


How to Apply

Apply now for Center for Book Arts’ 2023 Fine Press Seminar for Emerging Writers! The deadline is December 10, 2022.

Please fill out the application and provide a sample of creative writing sample no longer than five pages.

Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply, but graduate students are welcome. We welcome and encourage writers and publishers of all backgrounds, abilities, and experiences to apply.

Questions can be directed to CBA Artist Programs Manager Camilo Otero at

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