With support by the Springfield Local Cultural Council and Make-It Springfield, The Springfield Book Crafters Fair is a first-time event, designed to create a community of people who are involved in creating their own books, journals, and zines. This fits well within Make-It Springfield’s goal of offering providing "a platform for community members of all backgrounds to learn new skills, build relationships & inspire each other."
The Fair will include a two morning workshops: One conducted by local author Crystal Senter Brown who has successful gone from self-publishing to film contract. The second one will feature cartoonist Kane Lynch, who will discuss his craft. The afternoon session is to be a mini "zine fest" of about 30 exhibitors and vendors. It will be open to the public from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
As one of our volunteers, you will be deeply involved in helping to build this event from the ground up. There will be opportunities to learn about marketing, fundraising, programming, and entrepreneurship, and creative place-making. You might assist the organizer with a range of tasks involved in producing the first ever Springfield Book Crafters Fair, including:
? Writing press releases, letters, invitations, and notices about the Fair.
? Web site development (with WordPress)
? Registration services (with EventBrite.com)
? Recruiting exhibitors and vendors
? Researching and updating media contact lists and media advertising costs
? Managing confirmed exhibitors and events program participants
? Developing a media database and social media plan
? Determining best use of available space
? Creating a catalogue of the Fair
? Follow-up with exhibitors and participants including thank-you notes and evaluations
? Preparing a report for the Local Cultural Council after the Fair
? Preparing documents to have on file for additional grant writing to fund similar projects building on Fair participants comments and critiques.
- Social Media / Blogging
- Grant Writing / Research
- Event Planning / Management
- Public Relations
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Pre-Event Up 10 10 hrs/wk | Event:day 2 hours
- Interest in handmade books, zines, self-publishing