Quiet Fire Workshops, Classes & Residencies





Contact info  listed below. Candidate will be interviewed by phone then in person. Unpaid intern position at Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press. June, July dates open.

please e-mail.

Please put “Summer Intern Position” in subject heading



Golgonooza conducts Classes & Workshops as well as having some special residency programs for students in the following areas:

Typography, Binding, Letterpress printing, Broadside making, Art/Printmaking, Writing


The Quiet Fire Workshop is meant to open participants to the transformative process within the craft of letterpress. It is designed to give workshop students a new perspective across disciplines that furthers their ability to problem solve, and see in new ways, shaking up their thinking by diving deep into a process that relies on the use of one’s hands to take them to a new place, creatively.
 Previous Letterpress experience not necessary.
Workshops are taught by Julia Ferrari, who has over 30 years of experience designing, printing and binding letterpress books, and broadsides. She has created books both under the Trois Fontaines private press imprint and also as Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press, designing & producing fine books featuring such artists and writers as Maya Angelou, Samuel Beckett, John Ashbery, Betye Saar, Ellsworth Kelly, Francesco Clemente, and many others.


Retreat workshops are held at the press in a 19th century mill building in the picturesque village of Ashuelot, New Hampshire, in the Modnadnock region of southwestern NH, in close proximity to western Massachusetts, and southeastern Vermont.

To apply, send an email of intent to:

babeanska(at)gmail.com or call 603-239-6830






June 13,14,15 *

Learning at the press combined with learning the skills of creative knowing and development for 3 days and 2 nights.

Fellowship participants will engage with partial time in letterpress study and partial time in work-study projects around the press that may include gardening, carpentry, organizing etc.

discussion time will be set aside to integrate the interrelation of studio work with outer work

limited to 3 students

By application only.

Participants will be chosen and applicants will be contacted.

Submit  application with the following:

Reasons for interest in attending the QUIETFIRE 3 day FELLOWSHIP

Photographs or examples of your recent work (typographic, art, poetry, music, other)

2 letters of reference from someone familiar with your work

Deadline June 7, 2018

write or call for details (see contact info above)


*work/study scholarships available



August  2018

Two, week long improvisational typography and music Intensive

will be combined with work/study commitment

Participants will be chosen and applicants will be contacted.

submit  application with the following:

Reasons for interest in attending QUIETFIRE  study session

Photographs or examples of your recent work (typographic, art, poetry, music, other)

2 letters of reference from someone familiar with your work

Application deadline: June 20, 2 018

write or call for details (see contact info above)

5 days


housing available for a nightly fee.



Fall workshop/ retreat series

By JULIA FERRARI | Published: JULY 5, 2016 | Edit


Improvisational Typography & Music Retreat

We will collaborate to create improvisational music & a small edition of an improvisational typographic broadside. Each participant will receive an original, printed copy at the end of the retreat.

We will focus on the process of improvisation in music and typography and the unplanned direction of creative work.

Sunday October 16

9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

limit 4-6 students



Journaling Retreat

We will write & create a simple hand bound book, (journal) & create mandalas.

Fridays November 4, 11 & 18

2-5 p.m.

limit 6 students

$50./day or      $125./all three days


Writing Retreat

We will spend an afternoon writing and seeking inspiration.

Fridays October 7, 14, 21

4-6 p.m.

limit 6 students





June 4, 5, & 6 *


Improvisational broadside collaboration partnered with learning the undefinable skills of creative unknowing and development for 3 days and 2 nights.


Classes and Residencies for the Winter/Spring Semester 2015

By Julia Ferrari | Published: December 6, 2014
Journal mandala

Journal mandala

We are offering these small enrollment** intensives



Writers Broadside Workshop

July 17, 18, 19 (Fri. Sat. Sun.) limited to 6 participants $487. plus $55. materials fee

Come make a mutual Broadside with a small group of writers, as we combine words & play, & craft in a fun weekend of writing, composing and printing together on an edition of a beautiful, letterpress sheet… and go home with this special printed piece containing your’s & other’s words, while having the opportunity to work in a creative team setting … getting to know and interact with other writers over words and craft, two things that go amazingly well together.

Journaling & Art Making  July 27-31   ( Mon-Fri)   $775. plus $55. materials fee

Exploring the many dimensions of Journaling. Includes writing and image making, as well as our interactions with Nature.

Mother/Daughter Journal making, Bookbinding intensive  May 7-9  10 a.m.-3 p.m. $300.* plus $50. materials fee, per person.

Creating pamphlet style journals and writing/drawing about our feelings as a mother daughter team.



Intro to Letterpress :  April 30-May 3rd  9 a.m.- 4 p.m.  $650.* plus $25. materials fee

We will begin with the basics of hand composition and design and print a broadside with the quote of your choice.


Writers Broadside intensive:  April  23-26th  9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $650.* plus $25. materials fee

We will write, then select, compose,  design and  create a small mutual Letterpress Broadside, printing a phrase or  line from your poem or prose with others, making a beautiful Broadside suitable for framing



sleeping accommodations available for $52./night, with advance notice

Final Sign up/Applications due 20 days before start of class

** Classes limited to 6 student; classes may be canceled if minimum class size not reached.

*$300. Deposit to reserve space, (nonrefundable, if canceled 30 days or less before start of classes, unless filled by another student)


Cancellation and Workshop Fees:

If  participants cancel more than 30 days prior to your workshop start date, then your tuition will be refunded in full, minus the non-refundable $300 tuition deposit.

If cancelaction is less than 30 days prior to your workshop start date, then the following refund policies apply: three weeks prior to workshop, 50% of tuition will be refunded, minus the deposit; two weeks prior to workshop, neither tuition nor deposit will be refunded.


  1. Posted August 14, 2015 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Julia, I would like to get in touch with you, please. My first letterpress class was with Dan in 1979, in Boston!

    • Julia Ferrari
      Posted August 15, 2015 at 2:19 am | Permalink

      Hi Brian.
      What’s up?

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