Intro to the Graphic Memoir: Online
Want to write a memoir, but wish you had something other than just words to work with? Graphic memoir is an exciting literary form that anyone, regardless of artistic background, can learn to craft the stories of their lives. In this workshop, we will explore the graphic memoir form, and how we can use it to explore our pasts and create our futures. We will deepen our understanding of the possibilities by examining published work by authors such as Vanessa Davis, Josh Bayer, Eddie Cambell, Mira Jacob, Alison Bechdel, Roz Chast, Will Eisner, and more, and produce the beginnings of our own graphic memoirs.
Each week, students will generate drawings and stories through weekly exercises and assignments, and feedback from the instructor and fellow students to help them see the possibilities in the work. Students will also have the opportunity to submit their own 2-6 page graphic memoir for feedback by the end of class.
Students will come away from this class with a better understanding of the graphic memoir form, a draft ready to polish, and several other beginnings that you can use to begin to shape your graphic memoir.
Please note that artistic experience is not necessary, but a drive to understand the interplay of words and pictures is!
*NOTE that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink, our online class platform, before 5pm on the first day of class.
Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.
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Previous Students Say
- "Filled with Wonderful Resources"
- "Inspired Me to Write More"
- Concept Development
- Writing Homework
- Reading Homework
- Class Discussion
- Craft Lessons
- In-Class Writing Prompts
- Generate New Work
- Book-Length Memoir