Interested students of all majors are encouraged to submit applications midway through the semester prior to the one in which they wish to enroll. Please fill out and submit the online application below, which will explain additional requirements (cover letter, writing samples, etc.).

Apply below for our Spring '19 Writer-in-Residence Gabrielle Bell's Personal Stories in Comics Course!

Spring 2019


Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell Head Shot


Gabrielle Bell was born in England and raised in California. Her work has been selected many times for Best American Comics and she has contributed to The Believer, Vice Magazine and The New Yorker. The title story of Bell’s book, “Cecil and Jordan in New York” has been adapted for the film anthology Tokyo! by Michel Gondry. Her first full-length graphic memoir, Everything is Flammable, was nominated for the LA Times Book Prize. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Gabrielle Bell's Graphic Fiction Workshop now Accepting Applications!

 Gabrielle's Course

Personal Stories in Comics

It is not necessary to be able to draw or write well to
create comics. In fact, excessive prose and illustration can hinder it. What is important, however, is a good sense of design and storytelling. In this class we’ll use our personal stories to learn the fundamentals of  creating comics. We will approach every element individually: writing, layout, penciling, lettering, inking, scanning, digitally coloring and editing as well as tackle it integrally, by keeping a regular comic journal and creating short pieces. We’ll read several seminal personal comics by the masters of the medium. A final project will be workshopped through each stage of its process.


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