Summer School: Graphic Novel Your Life with Rachel Ball

Make a graphic novel based on your personal experience or family history.

When, Where

On this highly structured and inspiring five-day course you will create a dummy sample for a publisher submission. This course will also give you the tool kit you need to turn your life story into a fantastic graphic novel.

You will brainstorm your life experiences and shape them into page-turning plots; create thoughtful and compelling characters; and learn to listen to these characters and create original scripts from their voices.

Taking inspiration from Rachel Ball's The Inflatable Woman and WOLF  we will explore the process of graphic novel making. You will experiment with and evolve a unique visual style appropriate to your story, developing visual metaphors and other essential artistic devices such as composition, pacing and layout in creating finished samples.

These publisher samples will include a synopsis, character pages, a well-developed and page turning plot, a scripted page, a well composed sample storyboard and a sample finished page from your book.

About the tutor:

Rachael Ball is an acclaimed cartoonist who started out cartooning for cult comic ‘Deadline’ in 1988. Her graphic novel, The Inflatable Woman (Bloomsbury), was a Guardian Best Graphic Novel 2015 and one of Paul Gravett’s Best of 2015. Her work has featured in the HOI’s Comixatrix exhibition and the Cartoon Museum’s The Inking Woman exhibition. Her second Arts Council funded graphic novel will be published by Self Made Hero in Sept 2018. She also co coordinates the London branch of Laydeez do comics. A comic forum which promotes women in comics. She has 16 years teaching experience and is represented by Kirsty Maclachlan (DGA.) Find out more.

Course details:

Time: 10am - 4pm
Dates: Monday 6 August - Friday 10 August 2018

£400 paid in advance, non-refundable

How to book your place:

To book, please purchase your ticket below.  To enable us to contact you about the course we also need you to fill in the enrolment form (please download below) and return it to:

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