Comics and Graphic Novels
Run like a fiction workshop, the class gives students a chance—three or four times a semester—to submit comic and graphic novel scripts for critique and discussion. The format is simple: A handful of students brings in copies of their work each week, and the rest of the class brings the work home with them, writes up comments, and comes in ready to discuss the submitted pieces in class the following week. I will bring in packets of contemporary comics and graphic books each week to discuss various craft elements (e.g., metaphor, dialogue), but the real focus of the class will be work. And the golden rule of the class: Students may only write comics about what interests them. By this I mean that students will come in ready to write solely about the things by which they themselves are excited, frightened, moved, and inspired.