This chap will talk chapbooks

Hands-on workshop to make poetry books at the Surrey Art Gallery on Nov. 3.

Ben Nuttall-Smith

Have a book of poems or stories you want to share with the world?

Surrey writer Ben Nuttall-Smith will offer a free hands-on workshop where you can create your own chapbook on Nov. 3 from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Surrey Art Gallery.

It’s the latest chapter in the Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) Thursday Artist Talk series.

A chapbook is a small booklet that typically contains poetry or fiction.

Nuttall-Smith says they are “a legitimate form of publication.”

Learn from his experience in producing eight different chapbooks of various sizes – to get the best deal from a printer.

Discover how to plan pages, format left-facing and right-facing pages and insert colour illustrations, photographs and promotional material.

Learn how to obtain an ISBN number and sales barcode.

Participants will leave with a mock-up of your own chapbook, ready to go to work with computer, printer, paper cutter, and stapler.

Past president of the Federation of British Columbia Writers and member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, Nuttall-Smith taught music, theatre, art, and language until he retired in 1991.

His poems and short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and online publications. He is the author of two novels, a memoir, books for children, several collections of poetry, and a number of chapbooks. Visit his website at bennuttall-smith.ca

There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk.

Refreshments will provided.

The Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave.