Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go
is an all-women workshop group based in Southern California. Since
2002 we have been facilitating workshops in community venues and college
campuses in our region. We focus on the empowerment of young women
through the production of fanzines and self published works.
Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go
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people in reading is only part of the path toward true literacy. It’s
equally important to engage them in writing. The skill involved in
shaping a text, be it story or rant, engages literacy skills on a
deeper level through active use. Reading and writing zines makes it
clear that the power of literacy skills is tangible and doable.
literacy is also practiced in zine-making, as the message of imagery
is wrestled with through collage, drawing, and juxtaposing image with
text. Zine makers learn how powerful images can be to create an emotional
response or to further the power of the written text.
Zines are also a path toward cultural literacy. The depth and breadth
of our culture is not adequately presented by mainstream media. Zines
offer off-the-beaten path images and stories, and commentaries about
society, making it clear that people should be creating their culture.
and not just consuming culture, writing, images, and ideas is central
to the power of zines. More and more of our activities are mediated
and shaped for us, rather than created by us. Making choices is central
to developing creative skills. In today’s culture it can feel
like we have to consciously separate ourselves from the mainstream
in order to have real choices, and zine culture provides a community
of other do-it-yourself experimenters to make contact with.
also provide a place to practice both individual and collaborative
creativity. The skills of each are unique, and our culture does not
provide adequate forums to really explore either. Collaboration is
a skill that is given short shrift in our hierarchical and competitive
society. Zines are one way to practice the give and take that collaboration
entails, as you work with others to create a collective expression.
frequently said that history is created by the winner. These days
the winner is corporate media, the government, and those with the
money to control others. It’s essential that the experiences
of each person is valued, that the culture they are part of is valued,
that the importance of the small stories of life are valued as all
being essential to the recording of history. Being a part of shaping
history means including zines the archives of libraries, and treating
them as valuable resources for future generations who want to learn
from the past.