More info

Masterclass: Graphic Novel Your Life

A full-day workshop with graphic novelist Rachael Ball.

When, Where

Get cracking on the graphic novel you’ve always wanted to create but never known how to start at this workshop with published graphic novelist and experienced educator Rachael Ball.

She’ll set the wheels in motion, helping you develop ideas based on your personal experience or family history into a graphic novel structure with a satisfying plot. You’ll take inspiration from a variety of graphic novels – including Rachael’s own!

You’ll create a visual of key moments in your story and character sheets to develop essential characters, troubleshoot plot ideas and create an action plan to help you make your graphic novel a reality after the workshop.

If you’d like to bring a sketchbook and any favourite art materials, including iPads or laptops if that’s your preferred medium, you’re welcome to do so but it’s not essential.

Please note: this masterclass is for those aged 18+ only.

Feedback from Rachael’s previous courses:

“Great balance between sharing insights, practical tips and personal experiences, along with time to practice and interact with others.

About the tutor:

Rachael Ball started cartooning in 1988 for Manchester’s City Life and ’90s cult comic Deadline. Her first graphic novel The Inflatable Woman, published by Bloomsbury, was one of the Guardian’s best graphic novels of 2015 and was shortlisted for the British Book Design Awards in 2016. Her second graphic novel Wolf, published by Selfmadehero in 2018, was described by Pipdream Comics as a ‘timeless classic.’

Rachael has 16 years of teaching experience in schools, colleges and galleries, including the Cartoon Museum and the Art Academy. She’s also taught workshops at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Senate House, UCL, the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery and for Pop Up. She coordinates the London branch of Laydeez Do Comics, a monthly meet-up and forum that supports female cartoonists.


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Adult with Gift Aid£71.50 £71.50
Adult£65.00 £65.00
Concession/Friend with Gift Aid£66.00 £66.00
Concession/Friend£60.00 £60.00

Tickets are non-refundable. Aged 18+ only.

Your ticket entitles you to House of Illustration entry on the day of the masterclass.

Your ticket confirmation email may go to the email address linked to your Paypal account. Please contact if you do not receive it.

Tickets are subject to our general terms and conditions.

Gift Aid

The Gift Aid price includes a voluntary 10% donation which allows us to claim back 25% of the total price paid. This small donation makes a huge difference to a charity like ours which receives no public funding – thank you! UK taxpayers only. Find out more at our Gift Aid page.