Comics and Graphic Novels

Comics and Graphic Novels

Comics & Graphic Novels is an Intensive, meaning it happens in a short time span (1 day in NYC, or 2 days on Zoom). The course includes a mixture of lectures and exercises. It’s open to writers of any level. Farther down, you can view a syllabus for this course.

Comics and graphic novels marry words and images to tell a story that leaps off the page unlike any other art form.

These illustrated narratives range from strips like Calvin and Hobbes, to traditional comic series like Watchmen and Wonder Woman, to book-length novels and memoirs like Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s This One Summer, and John Lewis’s March. Yes, they embrace silliness and superheroes and serious literature—anything you can imagine is fair game.

Here you’ll explore how these stories work, focusing on the fundamentals of visual storytelling, as well as the way these images merge with words. Though you’ll be experimenting with illustration in class, no artistic background is required.

About Comics and Graphic Novels
Comics and Graphic Novels

It's a great first step in making comics, a wonderful introduction.

Raymond Miller

UX writer

Upcoming Classes

  • Starts Saturday, February 25
    Zoom, 1pm – 4pm ET
    2-Day Intensive


Registration fee $25, paid once per term



This course gives an overview of the basics of writing/illustrating comics and graphic novels. Course components:
     Brief lectures
     Writing exercises

     Introduction to Comics and Graphic Novels
     Visual Storytelling
     Point of View
     Breaking In

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.


Teresa Wong
Teresa Wong

Teresa Wong is the author of the graphic memoir Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression (Arsenal Pulp Press), a finalist for the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize and longlisted for CBC Canada Reads 2020. Her comics and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Believer, Buzzfeed, and Event Magazine, and she has taught comics workshops for The Believer and The Word on the Street Lethbridge. She holds a BA and a B.Ed from the University of Calgary and a Certificate in Creative Writing from Humber College.

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