Saturday, June 22, 2013

Interested in writing graphic novels or comics?

A friend and I are teaching this week-long workshop for high school writers in July: 


(click above for link)

"Want to write a graphic novel? Create a world where super heroes and villains reign. As we help you focus on character development and storytelling you will create five pages of a graphic novel or comic book. You’ll meet other students who share your interests and help each other improve your technique. Best of all, professional writers and illustrators will join us throughout the week to give their insights and expertise.
Cost: $220
Tuition includes: five days of instruction, writing and classroom materials, guest author visits, guest author book, gallery show at end of camp, T–shirt, and snacks."
The coolest part of this camp is the FOUR guest lecturers. We've book four of the finest local graphic novelists, illustrators, and writers.


Jared Greenleaf will be teaching Creative Research: Things to consider when world-building a story,  sci-fi & fantasy story types, and writing formulas and tricks in space travel, Magic, and more. 

Nathan Hale, author of Calamity Jack and Rapunzel's Revenge

Jake Parker is teaching panel to panel storytelling and page layout & composition, along with a brief history of comics.
Jake Wyatt
's lesson includes integration of text and image in comics, and the challenges and opportunities inherent to planning a visual narrative through text as it applies to writing for comics and the screen. 

Come and check it out! It will be well worth it! 
Register online through the first week of July. 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

What's up with the Elves?: Lessons on World Creation

I had the pleasure of welcoming Robison Wells to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Youth Writing Camp at BYU over Spring Break. Wells provided the students with an engaging presentation on troubleshooting economy and ecology of speculative fiction world creation. He also stayed for a Q/A session and a book-signing. The experience was invaluable to students and teachers alike. Since the experience went so well, we decided to invite him back to the general Creative Writing Camp for high school students this June.

Here's a few of my favorite nuggets of writer-wisdom from Wells:

 “The best writing advice I ever got was from my brother [Dan Wells]. He said, ‘Everyone has an idea for a book. Everyone thinks they’re going to go out and write the Great American Novel. The difference between writers and everyone else is that writers sit down and do it.’” 

 “My second rule for writing is: Revise. The world belongs to people who revise. Make it better. Make it perfect.”


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