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Literary House

Print Shop Classes

The print shop is part working-museum of antiques, part bustling artists’ studio.







Our free, non-credit Print Shop Workshops are offered once each semester and are open to students, faculty, and staff at Washington College and our Chestertown neighbors. Students learn the history of the book and experience letterpress printing and bookbinding. Master Printer T. Michael Kaylor instructs the 7-week Beginners’ and Advanced courses.  

For more information or to sign up, email lit_house@washcoll.edu. 

Spring 2015 Workshop Registration is now CLOSED.
Fall 2015 Workshops begin September 15 & 17. Registration opens August 31. 



Master Printer Mike Kaylor uses letterpress broadsides as a teaching tool for new students. Broadsides featuring the poetry and prose of some of our most famous guests are a staple of the Print Shop’s yearly printing schedule. The words of Ted Kooser, Neil Gaiman, Nick Flynn, and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) have all been put into type down in the shop!



Students who have taken our Print Shop Workshops often go on to create handmade chapbooks of their own as juniors and seniors. 2008 grads Lindsay Lusby, Emma Sovich, and Marian Robbins worked with funding from the Cater Society of Junior Fellows to create their poetry chapbook, Dotting the Eye and Crossing the Tea. 2011 grad Caroline Knuth’s poetry and art book Dry Grasses Whisper of Memories is one of the latest student chapbooks to come out of the studio.



Students who have experience working with letterpress are encouraged to apply for this non-credit-bearing internship that runs during the spring semester. The Literary House Press Intern assists with sales and marketing, and with special printing projects. For more information, please visit our Work-Study and Internships page.