New adult classes in Spring 2017 2016
We’re offering several optional classes this winter for adults. Check below for specific dates. All classes will be at SAW’s new location, unless otherwise noted.
Comic for Writers
5 Tuesdays March 14 – April 18, 6:30-9:00 PM
Tom Hart will be teaching this class specifically for people who already have a regular writing practice. We’ll be doing lots of comics experiments to learn how to use the visual medium in a rich way.
I Love Writers!
I’ve met a lot of writers who want to do comics. There are so many worries and things to think about. Do I show but not tell? How many words should I use? Every sequence seems to take so long.
It takes a little work but with some training, you can do it, you can learn to think like a cartoonist/graphic novelist. Not just transferring words and plot into pictures, but using the dynamic interchange of words and pictures in sequence to enliven your story.
My Comics For Writers Workshop is a series of exercises designed to help you find your way and your voice with comics.
We’ll adapt some prose to start, then we’ll create mini-stories from silent pictures. We’ll examine the myriad of ways to depict action in time. We’ll mix in text in a variety of unique ways to explore the potential of comics.
And we’ll use what you’re good at (writing) to make good, well-written comics.
Words and Pictures, Images and Thinking
Some of my favorite graphic novels and memoirs are very wordy, and succeed on the power of their writing. Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Are You My Mother? Art Spiegelman’s Maus both come to mind.
My own memoir, Rosalie Lightning succeeds (if it does at all) on the power of the thought and emotion behind it, not on skillful drawings.
These books use words and pictures together, but are also examples where thinking, writing and structure lead the way.
With just a little help, you can make great work like this too.
THIS WILL BE HELD AT OLD SAW, 18 SE 5TH AVE, BEHIND THE CIVIC MEDIA CENTER AND TAMAL.
Limited to 8 students.
Our individual faculty members are also available for single workshops in drawing techniques, etc. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about those.