Summer School // Comics and Graphic Memoir: The Self as Subject

In recent years, comics and graphic novels have become increasingly popular as a way of sharing autobiographical stories, from coming-of-age tales to travelogues and 'graphic medicine'. But why does sequential art have such appeal for telling personal stories? Is it the combination of words and pictures, or the immediacy and sometimes faltering imperfection of the drawings themselves, that creates such an intimate connection between author and reader? Spend a week considering these questions while drawing and writing together from different prompts and within a variety of structures, taking inspiration from your own memories and life experience. Everyone has a story to tell – sometimes it just needs to find the right form to come alive. Exploring diverse structures such as diary comics, thematic memoir, personal myth, dream, anecdote, free-writing and 'free-drawing' will enable participants to find new ways to get their experiences on the page. Drawing and writing exercises will be informed by discussion of examples from the field of contemporary graphic memoir, including work by Alison Bechdel, Marjane Satrapi, Sabba Khan, Liana Finck and many more. Suitable for all levels.

Unfortunately, we do not offer concessions on our Summer School courses.

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