Intro to Graphic Novels, with Justin LaFrenier

Want to try something new with your writing in the New Year?  Are you curious about reading or writing graphic novels but don’t know where to start? In this workshop, writers will receive a crash course in the graphic novel manuscript format.  We’ll break down page-based pacing, learn the mathematical formulas that balance graphics with wordage, and turn the medium’s monotonous conventions into something with a little more approachability and style… We’ll look at some examples of the genre, talk about story lines and craft elements.  Then, writers will be given a chance to try their hand at the form, beginning with imaginative prompts to jump-start the process, and will receive supportive feedback on their ideas. Whether you have a graphic novel in process or have never before explored the form, everything you need to know will be provided during the workshop. All genres and levels are welcome!

Sat, March 21, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ($75)

Justin LaFrenier received his MFA from Goddard College in Vermont. He has written scripts for two webcomic companies. He cut his teeth on legally-safe knock-offs of the Power Rangers, wingnut conspiracy theories, and cryptozoological shared universes. He has taught several writing workshops for young adults at the Community Action Youth Programs in Greenfield, MA.