Comic and Graphic Novel Writing Class
Run like a fiction workshop, this class gives students a chance, three or four times a semester, to submit comic and graphic novel scripts for critique and discussion. The format is simple: A handful of students brings in copies of their work each week; the rest of the class takes the work home, writes up comments, and comes in ready to discuss the submitted pieces in class the following week. Each week, the instructor will bring in packets of contemporary comics and graphic books in order to discuss various craft elements (e.g., metaphor, dialogue); but the real focus of the class will be the students' work. And the golden rule of the class: Students may write comics only about what interests them. That means students will come to class ready to write solely about the things that excite, frighten, move, and inspire them.