Six-week series (£150+VAT). From Monday 4th November until Monday 9th December, 7:30-9pm.
This course assumes a degree of experience in either prose or scriptwriting such that this course would be considered an opportunity to upskill, rather than start from scratch. In the first session, participants ask, “Why Write Comics?”, delving into challenges and opportunities of writing for a medium that is both visual and literary. In weeks two and three, we learn the techniques of breaking down a comic script, the idea being to show how the various tools in a comic writer’s toolkit enable them to compress a story into five pages (for a 2000AD-style anthology) or open it up to 20 (for the US format book). In the following weeks, we discuss the profession by conversing about special relationships with artists and editors, the best way to pitch your graphic novel, and the reality of how to get your work “out there” in the industry.