Bookbinding Workshops / Classes in the USA (2016)

Please check the updated list of bookbinding workshops and classes in the USA for the year 2017

Find below a list of bookbinding courses and workshops in the USA. All courses listed are available to the public, some are day courses, others are multi-day courses and some are full time.

If you know of any more bookbinding courses or related book arts workshops (paper making, marbling, conservation etc) then please leave some information in the comments section below. Thank you =)

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Book Arts Pro­gram at the Uni­ver­sity of Alabama


Los Angeles


Type Camp

Lettering, Printing & Typography camps all over the world

Muir Beach

Coleen Curry’s Bindery


Mills College

Flying Fish Press
email: [email protected]
phone: 510.526.4176

Workshops by book artist Julie Chen

San Diego

Multiple Locations

San Francisco

San Francisco Center for the Book
email: [email protected]
phone: (415) 5650545


The San Francisco Center for the Book is a center of inspiration for the book arts world, featuring the art & craft of letterpress printing, bookbinding, and artists bookmaking. We are dedicated to the art of the book!

Type Camp

Lettering, Printing & Typography camps all over the world

Santa Cruz

Wishi Washi Studio

Santa Rosa

Bookbarnkat Studio



American Academy of Bookbinding



Old Way Bookarts Tools and Workshops



Starshaped Press
phone: (773) 728-6359

4636 N. Ravenswood #103 · Chicago, Illinois 60640


Iowa City

The University of Iowa Center for the Book





Deer Isle

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts


Silver Spring

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center!workshops/c4u1



North Bennet Street School


Daniel E. Kelm



email: [email protected]
phone: (313) 567-8970

1345 Division Street, #102, Detroit, MI 48207


Kalamazoo Book Arts Center
email: [email protected]
phone: (269) 373-4938

Park Trades Center, Suite 103A, 326 W. Kalamazoo Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Bookbinding workshops in many binding styles, as well as courses in paper making, marbling, letterpress, woodblock printing, etc.



Minnesota Center for Book Arts

New Hampshire


Dartmouth College Library

New Mexico

Truth or Consequences

Priscilla Spitler, Hands On Bookbinding
phone: (575) 894 0311

Priscilla Spitler, Hands On Bookbinding, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901

The Flatback Case Binding ($100 ~ materials included)
January 30 (Saturday), 9:30am – 4:30pm

Learn or review the BASICS of sound case bookbinding at this one day workshop.  Students will hand bind one 1/4 cloth, flatback case binding (cloth on the spine, decorative paper on the boards). Methods learned prepare students for all future Hands On Bookbinding workshops,  whether choosing a path to traditional fine binding or focusing on artist book structures, or box making.

The Rounded Spine for Case Binding ($195 ~ materials included)
February 20 & 21 (Saturday and Sunday), 9:30am – 4:30pm each day

Building on the techniques taught in the Bookbinding Warmup class, students will learn to shape (“round and back”) the sewn text, paying close attention to the control and use of spine swell created by the folded and sewn sections. Two rounded case bindings will be made during this workshop: one bound in quarter cloth and decorative paper and the other covered in full cloth. Students gain more experience in measuring, cutting, assembly and casing-in books.

Prerequisite: Bookbinding Warmup. Class limited to  8 students, 4 minimum.

Structure for Artist Books ($195)
March 4 & 5, 9:30am – 4:30pm each day

This workshop is designed to help the artist/student to think ahead when binding an artist book, but without compromising the spontaneity of their creation. Simple structures will be constructed that give room at the spine to compensate for later additions, such as collage, photos or for engineering pop-up spreads.

Prerequisite: Bookbinding Warmup (if requested a Warmup class could be scheduled for Friday, March 3). Class limited to 8 students, 4 minimum.

Case Binding Refined with Leather ($235 ~ leather, materials included)
March 18 & 19 (Saturday and Sunday), 9:30am – 4:30pm each day

Further refinements of the case binding are featured in this class that introduces working with fine goatskin leather. Students learn to pare leather on paring machines. Two books will be completed: a 1/4 leather rounded case with decorative paper on boards, and a 1/2 leather rounded case, which adds leather to the four corners and decorative paper in the center of the boards. Case joints (hinges) will vary in width between the two bindings, the first with the usual pressed groove used on most case bindings; and the other, bound with a tighter joint for a continuous contour, enhanced by back-cornered boards and a shaped, rounded headcap at each end of the leather case spine.

Prerequisite: Hands On Bookbinding’s Bookbinding Warmup and The Rounded Case classes. Note: The Rounded Case is being offered on March 17 & 18, just prior to this leather course, an option for many out of town students.

The Clamshell Box ($225 ~ materials included)
April 9 & 10 (Saturday & Sunday) 9:30am – 4:30pm

The drop-spine box, popularly known as the clamshell box, opens like a book. It is constructed with an outer case, which has two interlocking trays attached to it. Versatile, it can be used to protect and house books, prints, photos, or other unusual objects.

Bookbinding Warmup is a Prerequisite. Class limited to 6 students, 3 minimum.

Transition to Binding In-Boards With Leather ($225 ~ leather, materials included)
April 30 & May 1 (Saturday and Sunday), 9:30am-4:30pm each day

This class transitions the student from the case bound book to the concept of the spine hollow and “in-boards” binding, where the boards and the book spines are attached to the text block before it is covered.

Prerequisite: Hands On Bookbinding classes: Bookbinding Warmup, The Rounded Case, and Case binding Refined (to be repeated April 28 & 29). Class limited to 6 students, 3 minimum.

The Authentic Sewn Boards Binding ($115 ~ materials included)
June 11 (Saturday), 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

This one day class presents the Sewn Boards Binding as originally designed by Gary Frost in the late 1980s. It is not a case binding. Cover boards are sewn on to the text and the spine component allows for a completely flat opening. The edges are trimmed on three sides creating a clean looking, squareless book. Very little adhesive is used on this binding and it does not require pressing.

Prerequisite: Bookbinding Warmup preferred.

New York


The Arm Letterpress

Hudson Valley

Paper Dragon Books
email: [email protected]
hone: (646) 633-7179

One year bookbinding apprenticeship program

New York

Center for Book Arts

Type Camp

Lettering, Printing & Typography camps all over the world


Women’s Studio Workshop

North Carolina


John C. Campbell Folk School


Ciel Gallery


Type Camp

Lettering, Printing & Typography camps all over the world


Penland School of Crafts



Oregon College of Art and Craft

Thompson Conservation Laboratory


Bella Forte Books
email: [email protected]
phone: 215-828-9261

2202 Alter Street, Studio 1
, Philadelphia, PA 19146, (by appointment)

Online courses, studio workshops, and bookbinding store



The Craft Guild



Rare Book School


Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding



Pickle Bound Books
email: [email protected]
phone: 503-313-5613

Whidbey Island

Sweet Water Creek Farm Studio



Benjamin D. Rinehart!teaching/c60z

Sister Bay

Liberty Grove Paper Arts
phone: +1 920-854-4246

10810 N Spring Rd, Sister Bay, WI 54234


Wednesday Workshops, LGPA Home Studio in Sister Bay, WI
9-2, $45, All materials included,
Bring your own lunch, if you wish.

August  3        Long Stitch Binding
August 10       Making Boxes!
August 17       Coptic Binding
August 24       Secret Belgian Binding
August 31       Blizzard Book/One Page Wonders
Sept. 7            Introduction to Box Making, Hinged Cube
Sept 28           Intermediate Box Making, Hidden Compartment Japanese Box
Oct. 5              Japanese Stab Binding Journals
Oct. 12            Advanced Box Making, Tool Box ($65)
Nov. 2             Spiral Bound Books: Guest Book, Photo Album, or Journal/Make all 3!
Nov. 16           Holiday Paper Arts – Open to suggestion!


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