Coptic-Bound Nature Journal/Sketchbook

  • Saturday, September 22, 2018
  • Sunday, September 23, 2018
  • 2 sessions
  • Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Sunday, September 23, 2018, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Book Arts Studio, Class Code: BO0918JWMJL
  • 3


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

To register and pay off-line, please call (206) 842-4475 x216 or come into BARN.

To change or cancel your registration, please call the number above or email [email protected] at least four (4) days prior to the class/event start date in order to receive a refund.

Books Meet Writing in the Natural World: Coptic-Bound Nature Journal/Sketchbook

In this two session class you will learn the techniques and gain the skills necessary for making your own nature journal/sketchbook with a Coptic binding. Learn from a writer/spiritual ecologist and a master bookmaker.

You will be guided through step-by-step instructions for compiling, completing, and decorating your handmade book. Coptic-bound journals allow for pages to be opened flat, making them ideal for outdoor use.

You will also be guided through simple outdoor, creative, nature-based, and writing activities aimed to inspire content for your journal/sketchbook. Please bring a willingness to go outside (with weather-appropriate clothing, rain or shine) for brief periods of time to engage in some of these inspiring activities. Students will leave class with their Coptic-bound book and a start on filling the pages with nature-inspired writings and images.

There will be an additional $10 supply fee paid during the registration process.

Please feel free to bring a bag lunch. BARN has a refrigerator to store your lunch in. 


Jennifer J. Wilhoit, Ph.D. is an author, mentor, editor, and spiritual ecologist who has been researching the connection between creativity and nature for over two decades. Drawing from ecological and human nature, she offers compassionate processes for navigating writing and other creative projects. Through her practice, TEALarbor stories, Jennifer works individually with writers of many genres from all over the world; offers workshops, trainings, courses, and retreats to diverse audiences; and presents her work frequently at professional conferences. Jennifer has published three nonfiction books including Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew (2017); dozens of articles, book chapters, essays, newspaper articles, and guest blogs; and keeps her own blog. She’s currently working on her next book, scheduled for release later this year. Jennifer is also a longtime hospice volunteer. Please visit her web site at

Mary Jeanne (MJ) Linford
has been a professional book artist for over 20 years, under the press name Bad Girl Press ( Learning both by doing and also studying with Hazel Koenig at the University of Washington, she specializes in pop-up books as well as traditional binding styles. She also works with three other women under the press name Full Plate Press. Her books are in selected museums, libraries and collections nationwide, and can be seen in the book arts room at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

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