Making a Feminist Zine--A Class for Writers, Artists, and Designers
In this 6-week course, we will learn about the history of feminist zines while creating a feminist zine that reflects the interests and passions of the class!
Liz Boltz Ranfeld
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Completed by 2 learners
Once per week
over 6 weeks
learners per class
per learner - per class
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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Historically, feminists have had to fight to get their ideas and messages in front of the public. One of the ways that they did this in the 80s and 90s (and beyond) was to publish zines: short, small-scale independent magazines that they filled with poetry, critical analysis, political cartoons, visual art, and more. In this collaborative 6-week class (which must meet a minimum of 2 students), we will work together to create a feminist zine. The content of the zine will depend on the...
This class is taught in English.
Students will strengthen their knowledge of feminist ideas, learn about the history of independent publishing for feminist concepts and values, experience the collaborative editorial process of zine (and literary magazine) creation, gain practice with simple design skills using Canva, and practice creative expression through writing, visual arts, and more.
I have been teaching on Outschool since January 2020. My primary topic is feminism, feminist history, and feminist pop culture analysis. I have been an English professor for more than a decade and have extensive practice leading feminism-related discussions in person and online. My graduate degree is in Creative Nonfiction, and I studied feminist narratives extensively as part of my MFA. I have published numerous essays about feminism, including for publications like Salon, Jezebel, Everyday Feminism, The Shriver Report, and more. I believe in intersectional feminism, which explores the intersections of gender and other forms of oppression, including racism, ableism, classism, and homophobia, among other issues. I am trans-inclusive, non-binary affirming, and aspire to be anti-racist in my teaching.
For the first few weeks, students will not have any homework. In preparation of weeks 3 and 4, students will prepare 2 creative projects to potentially include in the zine. (4 total submissions) Before week 6, students will be responsible for designing a portion of the zine. The time commitment for this work can vary from student to student. At a minimum, students should plan to spend about an hour on homework leading up to weeks 3, 4, and 6. I will encourage students to limit their work to 3 hours max during those weeks.
I am happy to provide a great and/or written assessment (and syllabus) for students who want one.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Discussing feminism means discussing complex social topics, including: sexism, racism, ableism, classism, and other forms of discrimination. Sometimes, students may choose to disclose negative experiences they have had regarding these topics. I will ask that the content produced for the class be no more than PG-13 in nature. Some of the sample zines that we find to explore may include profanity and these topics. I will not allow sexually explicit or graphically violent content to be included in the class, the zines we review, or the zines we create. As a mandated reporter, if a student reports any history or experience with abuse, sexual violence, harassment, or any other safety issue, I will be reporting my awareness of this issue to firstname.lastname@example.org for further investigation. We will use Canva to do our designs because it is a great free tool. Canva requires membership and students must be at least 13 years old to create a Canva account. For any student under 13, they will need to use a Canva account belonging to their parent or legal guardian.
We will use Canva. Please see note in the description regarding free Canva accounts.
Liz Boltz Ranfeld
Professional writer, independent educator, and intersectional feminist. she/her
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
179 total reviews
189 completed classes
Hi! I was an English professor for 11 years before becoming a full-time professional writer and independent educator. I started teaching on Outschool in February 2020 so that I could teach young writers and feminists in addition to my university...