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Sat, Mar 02


Spokane Print & Publishing Center

Intro to Letterpress: Typesetting

Learn the basics of hand-setting moveable type to print your custom poster or card!

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Intro to Letterpress: Typesetting
Intro to Letterpress: Typesetting

Time & Location

Mar 02, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Spokane Print & Publishing Center, 1921 N Ash St, Spokane, WA 99205, USA

About the event

Setting moveable type was one of the most revolutionary innovations of all time, making the book-making process and the dissemination of knowledge much more accessible. In this in-person workshop, students will work with wood or lead type to create their own unique messages, whether they be sayings, quotes, lyrics, or anything else!

Students should come with a quote, lyric, line of a poem, or a sentence (between 5-10 words or so) in mind to work with.

We'll browse our extensive selection of types and fonts and use some simple practices to ensure your success in crafting your message.

No experience is necessary.

Bonus: you'll get much better at reading backwards!


The class is taught by Thom Caraway, the designer and publisher for Rock & Sling and Trochaic Letterpress Studio. He has designed over 50 books and magazines, and teaches courses in editing, book design, and publishing at Whitworth University. He has been working in letterpress printing since 2016, and is a founder of the SPPC.


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