Artists’ Books History and Critique: A Writing Workshop Intensive

Event Info

This three-week, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Thursday nights, November 9 –November 30, 2023 (skips Thanksgiving week) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 

  • Thursday, November 9, 6:30–8:30pm
  • Thursday, November 16, 6:30–8:30pm
  • Thursday, November 30, 6:30–8:30pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on November 2nd, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This writing workshop will teach writers and artists the history and practice of artists’ book criticism. This small group will read examples of historical and contemporary artists’ books criticism and learn about the pieces of a successful review. Using Center for Book Art’s extensive collection of artists’ books, participants will have the chance to work together to examine artists’ books before writing their own reviews. Each participant will generate several pieces of writing, in class and one their own, in addition to reading and giving feedback on peer writing. At the conclusion of the class, participants are encouraged to submit a review to Book Art Review for a chance to be published.


Required Materials:

  • Writing materials — laptop and/or notepad; personal phone for taking research photos of books

About Megan N. Liberty 

Megan N. Liberty writes about artists’ books, ephemera, and archives. She is the Art Books section editor at the Brooklyn Rail and co-founder of Book Art Review. Her writing appears in Artforumart-agendaArtReviewArt in AmericaBrooklyn RailFriezeHyperallergic, and elsewhere. She lectures about artists’ books widely at conferences and in classrooms. In 2023, she curated a historical exhibition of artists’ books, Craft & Conceptual Art: Reshaping the Legacy of Artists’ Books, at Center for Book Arts, which traveled to San Francisco Center for the Book and Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She was a 2019-20 AICA/USA and Creative Capital/The Andy Warhol Foundation’s Arts Writing Workshop participant. She has an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and a BA in English from Dickinson College, PA.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on November 2nd at 11:59pm. Tuition for this workshop is $195.

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