In-Person: Seaport

Jumpstart Your YA/MG Graphic Novel

Saturday, December 16th, 10:00am-5:00pm
In-Person: Seaport
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

If you want to reach young readers, creating a graphic novel is a great way capture their interest. In this seminar, you’ll practice the vital steps of creating a graphic novel for middle-grade (age 8 to 12) readers.

In the first part of the seminar, you’ll brainstorm an idea for a graphic novel, emphasizing the protagonist, what they want, obstacles in their way, and ways they will pursue their desire. During the rest of the first half of the seminar, you’ll write a prose version of a scene in your eventual graphic novel, receive and provide feedback to others in the class who have written a scene in their story and revise the scene in prose.

As we get to the midpoint of the seminar, you’ll create a visual, 1-2 comic-book page rough draft—or thumbnail—from your revised prose scene and receive feedback on the clarity of your rough draft. After revising your thumbnail drawings as needed, you’ll get a chance to create 1-2 polished, graphic novel pages of your story in pencil and ink on drawing paper.

No previous art experience is needed to start creating a middle-grade graphic novel. Open to all prose writers.

Class Format

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood. 

Covid-19 Update:

GrubStreet's space will be mask optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in-person.

Scholarship Information

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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Jonathan Todd
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  • Generate New Work
  • Craft Lessons
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  • Young Adult & Children's Literature

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