Words & Pictures: An Intro to Comics

with Gina Siciliano

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

In Person


6 Sessions

Start Date: October 3, 2023
End Date: November 14, 2023
No Class: (skip days) 10/31/2023
Day of Week: Tuesday
Time: 7:10 pm - 9:10 pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $274.50
General Price: $305.00

Using Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics as a foundation, this class is an introduction to graphic novel storytelling. Students will learn the basics of how to construct a story using two different languages simultaneously: the written word and the visual art. Drawing experience is encouraged but not required. This class is for those who are curious about incorporating visuals into their writing. Students can expect to complete their own preliminary thumbnails, while the instructor facilitates discussion and provides insight.

No class dates: 10/31/2023

Registration dates: 

August 7: Scholarship Donation Day

August 8: Member registration opens at 10:30 am

August 15: General registration opens at 10:30 am

August 21: Last day of Early Bird pricing

Gina Siciliano

Gina Siciliano


Gina Siciliano is an artist, writer, historian, and bookseller living in Seattle, WA. Her award-winning graphic novel I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi was published by Fantagraphics in 2019.

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