How to Write a Graphic Novel: ‘SelfMadeHero’ Guardian Masterclass

selfmadehero_logoWant to learn how to turn you idea into a graphic novel and get it published? Then this is the one day masterclass for you.

On Saturday 7th September 2013 a one day practical masterclass in writing, and publishing your own graphic novel will be held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

With the growing popularity and diversity of subject-matter, have you ever wanted to try your hand at writing a graphic novel script? SelfMadeHero, the UK’s leading independent graphic novel publisher is hosting a one-day Guardian Masterclass which aims to introduce the history of the art-form and to offer practical advice on scripting a graphic novel, finding the right illustrator and getting your work published.

Talks include :

  • – An introduction on British comics by the renowned graphic novel authority, Paul Gravett, author of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die,
  • – A keynote speech from artist and writer Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveller’s Wife, as well as numerous illustrated books and a graphic novel, The Night Bookmobile.

The event takes place on Saturday 7th September, 9.30am – 5pm, at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, London W1G OAE.

 This in-depth full-day seminar covers everything you could need to know, from the history of the artform to the mechanics of getting published. With tutors including the bestselling author and graphic novelist Audrey Niffenegger and comic book critic, historian and author Paul Gravett, you’ll learn about the unique possibilities the format offers, how to find and work with an illustrator, how to plan an original narrative or adapt an existing text, and how to visualise the finished pages. The day also includes a primer on the realities of the graphic novel industry, making this an ideal all-round course for budding writers who’d like to try their hand at a graphic novel script.

The practical classes are led by three of the industry’s leading practitioners: award-winning writer Pat Mills, “the godfather of British comics’”, co-creator of Dredd and many iconic 2000AD characters who has also written for Marvel and DC Comics in America; Karrie Fransman, frequent contributor to The Guardian and New Statesman and creator of The House That Groaned (published by Square Peg); and internationally acclaimed artist Andrzej Klimowski, Professor of Illustration at Royal College of Art, designer of posters and book covers as well as the author of graphic novel adaptations of The Master and Margarita and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (both for SelfMadeHero).

More in-depth course details can be found at the Guardian Website

Source:  The Guardian Online

Reporter:  Faintdreams

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