For Teens
Online: Zoom

TEEN Summer: Writing Comics and Graphic Novels (REMOTE)

Monday through Friday, August 1st through August 5th, 10:30am-3:30pm
Online: Zoom
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
15 seats max

***This class will be hosted remotely! You'll receive an email from your instructor about 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin with a Zoom link. There is no need to download or sign up for Zoom in advance!***


Class Description:

Are you ready to begin your graphic novel or comic book? Maybe you want to tell stories of time travel or explore themes of social justice. This class will offer you the skills to transport your writing. We will review the distinct characteristics of Graphic Novels & Comic book creation. You’ll learn story structure and look at innovative writers and artists who have paved their own paths in the Graphic Novel/Comic Book world. We’ll explore how to use digital and print Vision Boards to create phenomenal characters and build imaginative worlds. Need ideas? We’ll learn how to imagine stories by using the influence of cultural mythologies and contemporary comics. We'll get inspired with graphic writers including Gene Luen Yang, Octavia Butler, Daniel Jose Older, Tasha Spillett, Brandon Mitchell, Molly Knox Ostertag, Sarah Vaughn & Leila Del Duca. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.



Expect to leave this class with a full arsenal of material that you can use to inspire your writing!

Our NEW Class Format:

Based on student suggestions and to offer writers a sustainable learning experience, this summer’s YAWP weeklongs provide a balance of craft sessions and exercises with plenty of optional components so that teens can take screen breaks as needed.

Each morning session will feature a craft talk or group exercise with your designated instructor. On Monday and Wednesday afternoons, you’ll have optional and lowkey meetings that could consist of:

  • Q&A chat with your writing instructor
  • Group writing with music
  • Reading party
  • Movie viewing followed by a chat about craft
  • Writing games
  • Open mic/sharing

Students are encouraged to self-advocate, opting out if they are fatigued or diving in if they want more creative activity. Either way, instructors will always be available to answer questions via email and/or Zoom chat!

Registration Instructions:

  • If the student is under 18, parents/guardians must complete this permission form online. You only need to fill this form out ONE TIME, NOT for every class. If you cannot remember whether you have already filled it out, please email [email protected] and we will check for you! If you do not complete this form, your registrations could be voided and the cancellation policy will apply.
  • If the student is 18, simply let us know by emailing [email protected]
  • If you are registering on behalf of a student, add their email in the “For a Friend or Child?” field on the right-hand side of the screen at check out. This will send them a direct link and reminder to create their own profile with GrubStreet.


***If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected] We’re looking forward to writing with you this summer!***

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Asata Radcliffe
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Previous Students Say

  • You'll Be Inundated with Great Info
  • Diverse Reading Assignments
  • Inspired Me to Write More


  • Generate New Work
  • Study Published Writing
  • Inspiration
  • Concept Development


  • Short Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Young Adult & Children's Literature

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