The BinderyMilwaukee, WI, United States

Typewriter Mischief: A Night of Playful Writing

By The Bindery (other events)

Tuesday, April 16 2024 6:00 PM 8:00 PM CDT

Let's banish that writer's block! (...and have some vintage fun while doing so). This class offers students the chance to experience writing sans-screens on a collection of historic typing machines! Come clack-clack the night away with us.

Typewriters offer an excellent opportunity to compose differently in a more immediate, sensory, and playful way. Give your eyeballs a break from screen-time by going direct to the page!

In this writing workshop we’ll lean into manual typing as a way to tap into our creativity in a casual and fun environment. No former experience of typewriters necessary, though please note that this is a class geared towards adult learners.

Instructor, Lisa Floading, will lead students through a series of writing activities on vintage manual typewriters, for both individual and collaborative exploration--with time for sharing for those that wish. All typewriters will be provided so that every attendee will have a machine to use; however, if attendees wish to bring their own machine they are more than welcome to do so. 

Students will leave with their own typed up creations, inspiration for future work, and a foundational knowledge of typewriting to go out and explore on a machine of their own! (Or by using one of The Bindery's collection by stopping by our community makerspace!)

Your instructor:

Lisa Floading is an avid collector of typewriters who enjoys sharing her passion for these amazing machines with others. As a veteran high school English teacher, Lisa discovered how creative writing students enjoy drafting on them as a break from the screen. She does minor repairs and maintenance on typewriters in her spare time and can be found 'round town teaching others.


Masks are not required at the time of this posting, but are very welcome. This may change by the time of the class, and The Bindery reserves the right to require masks or other safety precautions at any time. Participants will be alerted to any changes prior to the workshop.

*Due to the small nature of classes and the upfront materials costs, The Bindery has a no refunds or exchanges policy. If you cannot make it for some reason, please send a friend in your stead and let us know!

The Bindery

Mailing Address

347 E. Ward Street Milwaukee, WI 53207