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"Writing the Graphic Novel Script" Class at Solstice MFA at Pine Manor College

  • Pine Manor College 400 Heath Street Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 USA (map)

Class available to outside auditors. Contact Pine Manor College to enroll ($45 per course)

Location: Haldan 139

Though they share elements with prose, poetry, and picture books, both the writing and reading of comics require knowledge of additional terminology and skills. In this class, students be introduced to the vocabulary and elements that make up a comic before moving to consider the craft. Due to format, comics add considerations such as page turn, gutter, and image-text balance to the writing process. Through a combination of lecture, examples, and prompts, students will learn how to write a comics script, and how the illustrator's interpretation can affect the script. The class will focus purely on the writing of comics; no artistic experience necessary. (Someone else might create the art for your script!)

Required Reading:  Fink, Margaret. comics. The Chicago School of Media Theory, Winter 2007,

Plus: one graphic novel of your choice if you have not read one before.

Reading Question: What is a comic and how do you describe it?