Letters to the Future: a writing and bookbinding workshop

Bookbinding materials


Edinburgh-based bookbinder Cass Barron and writer Julie Galante are teaming up to deliver a special ‘letter’ themed workshop and would love you to join them!

This workshop invites you to create a book of memories and letters to the future, resulting in a unique personal project or gift for a loved one.

Via a live Zoom event and a series of pre-recorded online tutorials, Cass and Julie will lead you through the making process and provide you with writing guidance and exercises that explore themes of self-reflection, hopes, dreams and ambitions for the future, resulting in a hand-bound collection of uplifting, inspiring and poignant letters.

The book structure will involve making and decorating envelopes, stitching them together using an exposed French link stitch and adding a hard front and back cover – a great structure for storing your own writing as well as cards and letters you have received.

A kit containing all the tools and materials you will need is included in the workshop – this consists of good quality bookbinding tools, a range of recycled, vintage and decorative papers, stamps, stickers and a few surprises… trust us when we say it will be a joy to open!

Workshop participants will receive an invite to a 1.5-hour Zoom live event. This is an opportunity for Julie and Cass to welcome you to the workshop, go through how it will run, introduce what’s in your kit, share some examples and answer any of your questions.

Following this session you will be given access to Julie and Cass’s ‘how to’ video instructions and an invite to re-group a few weeks later to share your creations as part of a Zoom live sharing event.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

This workshop includes a materials/tool kit (sent first class), access to step-by-step video tutorials, and invitations to the Zoom Live welcome event and Zoom Live sharing event (which happens 3 weeks after the welcome event). Postage to UK addresses is included; get in touch if you'd like to have your kit sent elsewhere for a small additional shipping fee.

What you will need

This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those with writing and/or bookbinding experience. You don’t have to consider yourself a maker or a writer to take part – Julie and Cass will guide you through and will be available to answer questions along the way. The kit will include everything you need to make your book. Additionally you may want to have paper and pen/pencil to hand for some of the writing exercises.


Julie Galante at Airtily

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Intermediate level
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users
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