Writing comics and graphic novels

Course Dates: 26/10/20 - 30/11/20
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: Online

Learn the skills to write comics on this introductory course. Discover the history and key features of the medium, generate your own project, and receive advice from special guests.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This is a creative course focusing on the skills necessary to write short and long form comics. It will also contextualise the various genres in comics to show the range possible in the medium. There will also be a few guest speakers from the comics industry, allowing for an insight into how commissioning works.

Students like: "practical experience, good feedback, and a supportive atmosphere"; "analysing comics/scripts and workshopping our written work"; "it helped me to gain confidence in my work"; "interactivity"; "it really put everything I needed to know into easily-digested classes and I feel very prepared!".

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- How to write a script
- The vocabulary of comics
- Different methods of storytelling
- Different genres of comics, from Autobiography to Super-Heroes
- Developing your own idea for a comic or graphic novel
- Insights into comics as culture – watching 2/ 3 documentaries about the comics process.
- Professional insights from guests (creative and editorial) about the process and how to get published.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Write a comics script
- Be able to call on a number of different storytelling skills to do so
- Have developed an idea to work on
- Have an idea of how to get published
- Have the beginnings of a comics network to support your further output
- Have an idea of the range of stories it’s possible to tell in the comics medium.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

- You need to be able to read and write English
- You need to be able to have a certain level of sightedness as the course works partly with material that is only visual
- The level is open to all comers, from amateurs to professionals. Enthusiasm for the medium is the key requirement.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- Teaching will include group and individual writing exercises in class, lectures, some viewing of film and group discussions.
- There will be some required reading/writing exercises outside of class time, but this will be minimal.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Pen, paper and notebook. You may be encouraged to buy comics, but only within students' means – it won’t be essential.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.


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Tutor Biographies
Bobby Joseph

Bobby Joseph is the comic book author of Skank Magazine, Black Eye and the Scotland Yardie graphic novel. He has written for The Guardian, Vice.com, The Voice newspaper, Radio 4 and BBC1's Lenny Henry in Pieces. His comic work was featured in the 'Anarchy in the UK' comic exhibition at the British Library. The piece, 'Co-Co Nutts' was viewed by over 60,000 visitors during the summer of 2015. He is a vocal advocate for diversity in comic books.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HW195

Mon, eve, 26 Oct - 30 Nov '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £52.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2717

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