Online Summer School: Graphic Novel Your Life

Turn your life experiences into a graphic novel at this week-long summer school.

When, Where

  • Zoom

Learn how to create a page-turning graphic novel based on your own life experiences on this summer school with comic artist and graphic novelist Rachael Ball.

You’ll learn how to create rounded characters with clear goals, natural dialogue and believable storylines. You’ll experiment with visual metaphor, story pace, composition and comic page layout to tell those stories.

By the end of the week, you will have created story and character brainstorms, key character sheets, scripted pages, a compelling plot, a well-composed storyboard, experiments, a synopsis and a finished page of artwork.

You’ll also gain inspiration from a range of other graphic novels, including Rachael’s own, The Inflatable Woman and Wolf.

Class times

Live classes take place each day in the afternoons, 3-5pm, and evenings, 7-9pm BST.

Experience needed

No prior experience needed.

Need to know

Download and read the Essential Information for more information about what the course involves, how it works and what materials you’ll need, and the Guidance for Participants for further information.

About the tutor

Rachael Ball is an acclaimed cartoonist who started out cartooning for cult comic Deadline in 1988. Her first graphic novel, The Inflatable Woman (Bloomsbury), was a Guardian Best Graphic Novel 2015 and her second, Wolf (SelfMadeHero), has been called “a timeless classic” (Pipedream Comics) and is soon to be published in France. She is currently working on her third graphic novel, The Patsy Papers  Her work was featured in House of Illustration’s Comix Creatrix exhibition and the Cartoon Museum’s The Inking Woman exhibition. She also co-coordinates the London branch of Laydeez Do Comics, a forum which promotes women in comics, and has 16 years of teaching experience.

Read our Q&A with Rachael.

Previous students

“The course was brilliant for helping clarify my idea for a graphic novel.”

“Rachael is an amazing teacher. I wish my university course had been this informative!”

“Rachael is a wonderful tutor. The classes were well-structured, engaging and pitched to all abilities.”

See previous students’ work.


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Full online summer school with donation£467.50 £467.50
Full online summer school without donation£425.00 £425.00

Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to our general terms and conditions. Age 18+ only.

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