On Saturday, March 5, el Don staff hosted a community storytelling zine workshop as part of the Boca de Oro Literary Arts Festival in Downtown Santa Ana.
“Santa Ana Stories” Zine Workshop with El Don
Curators: Professor Sarah Bennett with el Don Multimedia Editor Kate Bustamante and Lifestyle Editor Emily Hernandez
Location: M. Lovewell
Time: 2-4 PM
Since returning to campus last year, staff at Santa Ana College’s award-winning student media organization el Don have been building an ongoing community storytelling archive called “Santa Ana Stories.” Combining in-demand self-publishing and engagement journalism skills, students talk to community members about their experiences, memories and information needs, using the interviews to generate reporting ideas, podcast episodes, print designs and a living storytelling archive. At this interactive zine-making workshop, el Don editors will train attendees in these deep listening techniques then invite them to create their own page documenting what they learned. At the end of the workshop, curators will distribute a final booklet that combines everyone’s designs into a take-home archive of the day’s “Santa Ana Stories.”
This event was hosted at a local venue and brought people of different ages together to create the “Santa Ana Stories” zine, a physical collaboration which told everyone’s own community story and was put together into one booklet. Everyone left the workshop with a physical copy of the zine to take home.
Download the final PDF of this exciting project below. The pages are laid out so that if you print every two pages double sided on a duplex printer you should be able to fold everything together into a booklet style: