Official Press Release
If you've ever wanted to develop your skills as a comics or graphic novel writer, then there are FOUR EXCITING SEMINARS AND COURSES coming up, all taught by longtime Marvel Comics writer and editor DANNY FINGEROTH.
While living within commuting distance of New York City is necessary for two of the offerings, there's also a ONE-WEEK INTENSIVE class that starts MAY 9th (that's coming up soon!) that could be workable if you have a place in the NYC area you can stay for a week, and there's a one-night 3-hour seminar on May 19th that will be useful if all you have is an evening and want to get an overview of the field and the craft.
Here are the details:
COURSES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S
School of Continuing and Professional Studies:
(212) 998-7200 or (888) 998-7204
(1) WRITING COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS: ONE-WEEK INTENSIVE
May 9 – May 15
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6:20pm-9:05pm & Saturday, Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Course # X32.9384 / Non–Credit / SPRING 2005
(discount for web enrollment)
This hands-on, intensive course assumes students already have some mastery of the fundamentals of comics and/or graphic novel scriptwriting. The class is taught in a computer lab where you can write and print out and we critique scripts on the spot so you can go right back to the computer and write some more.
In the first session, we hit the ground running and work our way through a week in which story ideas/scripts are pitched, thoughtfully critiqued, and revised. These focused workshop sessions are interspersed with relevant lectures and practical answers to students' questions. Bring pens, pencils, and laptops. Please come to the first class with springboards for three stories. Each student chooses one as his or her class project. [No drawing skill required.]
Prerequisite: Writing for Comics and Graphic Novels/X32.9372, equivalent writing experience, or a portfolio approved by the instructor. Send portfolios to: D. Fingeroth, SCPS Writing Program, Box 201, 2444 Broadway, New York, NY 10024. Enrollment is strictly limited. No grades given.
[IMPORTANT NOTE: The NYU website (and print) catalogues say that there's a January 28th deadline for submitting samples. This is not true. The sooner you get them to me, the better, though. Ideally by the end of this week, or by Monday, May 2nd, at the latest. Samples can also be e-mailed to me at Danfinger@aol.com. Please cut and paste the samples--no attachments.]
(2) WRITING COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS
Eight Wednesday nights
MAY 18th - JULY 6th
In this course, you will learn how to develop ideas and write exciting comics, structure the story, connect with the right artist, and get the greenlight from an editor. Your goal is to complete a short-form comics script, and/or part of a long-form script, by the course's end. There will be GUEST APPEARANCES by PROMINENT WRITERS AND/OR EDITORS. No grades given. [No drawing skill required.]
COURSES AT THE MEDIA BISTRO
494 Broadway (between Spring & Broome)
New York, NY
(discounts for Media Bistro's avantguild members)
(3) WRITING AND PUBLISHING YOUR COMIC BOOK OR GRAPHIC NOVEL: 3-HOUR SEMINAR.
Thursday, May 19, 7-10 p.m.
In this seminar, you'll learn how to develop your ideas for comics and graphic novels and make your vision come alive. You'll find out how to get your work in front of an editor who can greenlight your idea, how to network with artists who can help you realize your vision, and much, much more. [No drawing skill is required.]
(4) COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVEL WRITING WORKSHOP
4 sessions: MONDAY NIGHTS: June 6, 13, 20, 27
In a workshop format, participants' scripts will be critiqued by the instructor and the class. Assignments, both in-session and to be done at home, are designed to enable students to learn how to express their ideas through the graphic-storytelling medium. You'll learn how to develop concepts, structure a story, write effective dialogue, connect with the right artist, avoid beginners' missteps, get approval from an editor, and much more. No grades are given. [No drawing skill is required.]
DANNY FINGEROTH, longtime Marvel Comics writer and editor of SPIDER-MAN and many other comics, is editor-in-chief of WRITE NOW magazine (published by TwoMorrows), the premier publication about writing comics, and author of SUPERMAN ON THE COUCH: WHAT SUPERHEROES REALLY TELL US ABOUT OURSELVES AND OUR SOCIETY (Continuum).