Here is your assignment, from Professor Shokooh Valle:
For this course, you will produce a zine, which is a format frequently used in third wave feminist writings. Both the content and format of the zine will be decided by your group, after you have explored examples and consulted with me. The project aims at stimulating students' interest in alternative forms of writing while exploring feminist ideas of creativity and activism through writing. Students will collectively produce and assemble the zines together. The finished zines will be presented on the last week of class.
Your zine must contain a minimum of 10 original pages of writing that grapple with the issues we discuss in class. This might be a series of short essays or one long one. It's up to you. I would recommend writing your essay(s) in Microsoft Word and then transferring them to your preferred zine format, just to be sure that you're fulfilling the writing requirement for this course. Ten pages means double-spaced, 12 point font.
Please include a 1 page introduction to your zine. What subject(s) are you focusing on in this zine? If it's more than one subject, what overall theme is tying them together? Include a reflective statement about your experience with making this zine. What did you learn from doing this?
I encourage you to include anything you want (art, photos, poetry, collage, etc.) in your zine, but since this is a writing course, you will be graded on your writing, not your drawing, photography, or computer skills.
Zines come in a variety of formats, But for this course, you will be designing a zine using online tools. Be as creative as possible!
You must include appropriate citations and bibliography for all essays. This is a creative assignment, but it's also a scholarly one. You will need to cite and create bibliographies accordingly.
Do not wait until the end of the module to do this assignment. We will have an in-class zine workshop. Take advantage of this opportunity to work on this project or you will not have time to produce a quality zine.
Canva is a powerful graphic design tool that allows you to create your own content. They have templates ready to go (I recommend using either Magazine Cover or Letter Size, as we discussed in class), and allow you to place text, graphics, and other elements directly on the page.
You can also use Google Slides to create your own zines. Remember to resize your zine by going to File: Page Setup: Custom, and enter in your dimensions. I'd recommend 8.5" by 11" for a full page zine, 8.5" by 5.5" for a half page zine.
Scribus is an open-source desktop publishing software. If you'd prefer to avoid using Canva and Google Slides for whatever reason, this is the option for you! Do keep in mind that you cannot collaboratively create and save the document in Scribus like you can with Slides and Canva.