The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College

Want to Write a Graphic Novel?

Special One-Day Graphic Novel Writing workshop
Featuring a presentation by ROZ CHAST

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Workshops for Youth and Adults
Special Guest Master of Ceremonies PAUL LEVITZ, past president of DC Comics

Saturday May 13, 11 a.m. reading; workshops 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
One-day Graphic Novel Writing workshops will be held at Manhattanville College on Saturday, May 13 for Youth and Adults. TRoz Chast 4 (credit Bill Hayes)he day begins with a special presentation by New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast, whose graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant was a New York Times 2014 Best Book of the Year, a 2014 National Book Award Finalist, and a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for the best books of 2014.Since joining The New Yorker in 1978, Roz Chast has established herself as one of our greatest artistic chroniclers of the anxi- eties, superstitions, furies, insecurities, and surreal imaginings of modern life. (Chast photo by Bill Hayes.)

Levitz11 The special One-Day Workshop Features an opening presentation by Chast at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and three-hour afternoon workshops divided into age groups. 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.)

Workshop Registration Information

  • Registration is online and opens March 15
  • Cost of the full day, including boxed lunch: $75
  • Workshop for youth will be capped at 25 students. A second section with an alternative instructor will be opened if registration exceeds 25 within the first four weeks.
  • Adult workshop will be capped at 16 students

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