The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College

Write Your Graphic Story

Special One-Day Graphic Novel Writing workshop
Featuring special guest speaker Colleen Doran!

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Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Berman Center on Manhattanville Campus
One-day Graphic Novel Writing workshops will be held at Manhattanville College on Saturday, March 24 for Youth and Adults. 

The special One-Day Workshop Features  cartoonist Colleen Doran, whose recent work includes the graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s TROLL BRIDGE for Dark Horse. A three-hour writing workshop will be led by Paul Levitz, and a youth workshop will be led by Barbara Slate. A bag lunch is provided. Complete schedule with times appears at the bottom of the page.

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Past president of DC Comics, Paul Levitz, will lead the workshop for adults. 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.

The youth workshop will be led by Barbara Slate, a pioneer among women in comics. Using her critically acclaimed textbook You Can Do a Graphic Novel, Slate teaches students how to find their own drawing style regardless of artistic ability, navigate barbara self portraitthe creative process and develop compelling dialogue. Students learn how to create characters, develop a plotline and create eye-popping layouts. Slate is the author of You Can Do a Graphic Novel and 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.)

With Special Guest Speaker, Colleen Doran!

Colleen-Doran Colleen Doran illustrated Neil Gaiman’s “The Troll Bridge,” a New York Times Bestseller. Her credits include isllustrations for Stan Lee’s autobiography, AMAZING FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE STAN LEE, and cover art for THE WALKING DEAD. Her published works number in the hundreds with clients such as The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics, Image Comics, Lucasfilm, Dark Horse Comics, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin, Sony, and Scholastic.

 Her credits include Amazing SpidermanGuardians of the GalaxySandmanCaptain AmericaWonder WomanThe Legion of Superheroes, The Teen Titans, Walt Disney’s Beauty and the BeastAnne Rice’s The Master of Rampling GateClive Barker’s HellraiserClive Barker’s NightbreedA Distant SoilThe Silver SurferLucifer, and many others.

She has illustrated work by Alan MooreWarren EllisJoe R. LansdaleAnne RiceJ. Michael StraczynskiPeter David and Tori Amos.

Workshop Registration Information

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact the Manhattanville MFA Creative Writing office at mfa@mville.edu