Write Your Graphic Story

Special One-Day Graphic Novel Writing Workshops for Adults and Youth

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Join us for a workshop on March 24!

Colleen Doran
Colleen Doran

Colleen Doran

Special Guest & Keynote Speaker

Colleen Doran illustrated  Neil Gaiman’s “The Troll Bridge.” She has also illustrated work by Alan MooreWarren EllisJoe R. LansdaleAnne RiceJ. Michael StraczynskiPeter David and Tori Amos.

Notable credits include: The SandmanWonder WomanLegion of SuperheroesTeen TitansThe Vampire Diaries comics,[3] Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and her space opera series, A Distant Soil.[4]

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Paul Levitz is a comic fan ("The Comic Reader"), editor ("Batman"), writer ("Legion of Super-Heroes"), executive (30 years at DC, ending as President & Publisher), historian ("Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel", "Abrams ComicArts", 2015) and educator (including the American Graphic Novel at Columbia). He has won Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Award, the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Comics Industry Appreciation Award and the Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award . His 75 Years of DC Comics (Taschen, 2010) won the Eisner Award, the Eagle Award and Munich’s Peng Pris. His over 400 comics have been collected in over 20 graphic novels, and he is the first writer to have appeared on the New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller List for both fiction and non-fiction. He teaches at Princeton, Columbia, Manhattanville and in Pace’s graduate program.

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Using her critically acclaimed textbook "You Can Do a Graphic Novel," Barbara Slate teaches students how to find their own drawing style regardless of artistic ability, navigate the creative process, and develop compelling dialogue. Students learn how to create characters, develop a plotline, and create eye-popping layouts. Slate is also the author of "Getting Married and other Mistakes." She created "Angel Love" for DC Comics, "Yuppies from Hell" and "Sweet XVI" for Marvel, and wrote hundreds of stories for "Archie, Betty and Veronica," Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and "Pocahontas" comics, 65 Barbie comics, and more. Described by comic book legend Stan Lee as “titanically talented," Barbara was the Keynote speaker at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wildcat Comic-Con and is a panelist, speaker, and moderator at Comic-Cons across the country. (Barbara Slate portrait by Barbara Slate.)

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Cost of the full day, including boxed lunch: $75
Schedule: Workshop Part 1 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM / Lunch with Keynote speaker Colleen Doran at 1 PM / Workshop Part 2 from 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Workshop for youth will be capped at 25 students, being led by Barbara Slate.
Adult workshop will be capped at 16 students, being led by Paul Levitz. A second section with a second instructor will be opened if the Paul Levitz workshop fills before March 1.

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For more information, email the Manhattanville MFA Creative Writing office at mfa@mville.edu