Ben Nuttall-Smith

Ben Nuttall-SmithNovemver 3, 2016
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

“Creating Chapbooks”

Have a book of poems or stories you want to share with the world? On Thursday, November 3 as part of the SAGA Thursday Artist Talk series at the Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey writer Ben Nuttall-Smith will offer a hands-on workshop where you can create your very own chapbook.

A chapbook is a small booklet that typically contains poetry or fiction. Nuttall-Smith says they are “a legitimate form of publication.” Whether you intend to print and assemble your own chapbook or prepare a manuscript for a commercial printer, you’re invited to learn from his experience in producing eight different chapbooks—from the regular 8 ½” by 5 ½” black and white to the 10” by 8” glossy illustrated children’s book, to an affordable 5” by 4” coil-bound booklet—so you can get the best deal from a printer.

In his workshop, you’ll discover how to plan your pages, format left facing and right facing pages, and insert colour illustrations, photographs, and promotional material. You will also learn how to obtain an ISBN number and sales barcode. At the end, you’ll leave with a mock-up of your own chapbook, ready to go to work with computer, printer, paper cutter, and stapler.

About the Artist

Past President of the Federation of British Columbia Writers and member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, Ben 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

There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk. The event concludes by 9pm. Refreshments are provided.
This event is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with the Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey.