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Writing Workshops

Graphic Novels and Comics with Varud Gupta


8 Sessions

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Once a week Wednesdays, 7:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT September 21 to November 9, 2022

Online via Zoom

Registration for this class has closed.

This class is a deep-dive into the visual medium that is exploding today bringing to life everything from superheroes, to political narratives, and personal memoirs. Through lectures, exercises, and readings this class aims to help you bring your own idea to life, tracing through the important steps of brainstorming, crafting a story, drafting, and designing layouts—even if you have no skills as an illustrator. Our lessons will take us from that first spark of inspiration to the grueling realities of bringing a graphic novel to life.

Together, participants will explore the graphic novel and comic landscape, be encouraged to critically think about their own work and analyze that of others, to conduct exercises to think of new character perspectives and plot elements, and to be challenged to dig deep into socially relevant themes. With guidance from the instructor, participants will jump into the scripting process paying close attention to the nuances of craft before communicating that vision to an illustrator (or illustrating that work themselves).

This class is designed for beginners and intermediate creators, in mind for those doing only the writing or both writing and illustrating. Those doing only the writing will still be encouraged to draw to understand the craft and design principles.

Capacity: 12


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    Varud Gupta

    Varud Gupta

    Varud Gupta is an award-winning author and visiting professor. He’s written the graphic novel Chhotu: A Tale of Love and Partition (Comic Con India “Best Writer”) and the travelogue Bhagwaan Ke Pakwaan: Food of the Gods (Gourmand award for “Peace”). His words have also appeared in publications as America’s Test Kitchen and National Geographic.

    His career as a writer began after quitting a short-lived career as a management consultant to travel and eat his way across the globe. When not writing, he is usually experimenting in the kitchen, collecting Instant Noodles, or playing Dungeons & Dragons. He received his bachelors in Finance from New York University and has taught with the Indian Institute of Art and Design, Center for Fiction, 826NYC, and Gotham Writers.