I've been busy crossing t's and dotting i's on my syllabus for the class I'm teaching this fall at the Newburyport Adult & Continuing Education Center called Creating Comics! Scriptwriting for Comics and Graphic Novels.
I've planned a six week survey course to cover a number of topics relevant to writing for sequential art. The class will be a mix of mini-lectures, comics and comics literature discussion, short writing exercises, homework readings, and workshopping of student scripts. The culminating project for my students will be to leave class with a finished 8-page comic script ready to be handed to an artist.
Here are the major topics I'll cover over the six-week course:
Talking Comics: The Terminology of Visual Storytelling
What Does a Comic Script Look Like?
Sequential Storytelling Tips and Tricks:
Smooth Transitions & Word/Image Relationship
Creating & Writing Great Characters
Genres & Style & Form
Print Vs. Digital
Comics Collaborations: Working with artists to achieve your vision
Good Writing Means Re-writing: Refining & revising
Comics Marketing: Marketing your comic and yourself
If any readers have suggestions on must-read materials, books, links, etc. on any of those topics I'd love to hear them.
My class begins next Tuesday, October 14. For more information on the class, go here.