Date: October 11, 2022

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Duration: 4 weeks

Level: Beginner | Emerging |

Cost: €120/€108 Members

Online/In Person: Online

All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT)

Course Summary

A picture is worth a thousand words. But some pictures are enhanced by words, they explain, reinforce or challenge what the picture says. This workshop is about the interaction between image and text and it is intended for people who work on comics, graphic novels, computer games or are interested in these media. We will explore how text can be used in still and moving pictures, what it can and what it can’t do, and how writing can be used to create characters, construct scenes and develop a storyboard.

Course Outline

In four sessions the participants will examine:

  1. how to create characters
  2. how to develop plots
  3. how to construct storyboards
  4. and how to use text in pictures of comics, graphic novels and computer games.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own ideas and sketches and to develop and work on individual projects. They will examine samples from existing works and try out different strategies in order to find and improve their own way of combining image and text. An important part of the workshop will be the exchange of ideas and the discussion within the group.

Participants will be writing short texts during the sessions and Gabrielle will suggest tasks to work on from one session to the next, individually, i.e. in relation to the project of the participant, or for the group.

Drawing and animation skills are not required (or taught) as the workshop will focus exclusively on writing.


Course Outcomes

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the role that text can play for pictures, how writing can be used to develop characters and plots and how to find their own way of combining image and word.

Gabrielle Alioth is an award-winning Swiss writer living in Ireland. She has published novels, children’s books, short stories and plays in German as well as poetry in English, worked as an editor and member of literary panels. Over the past 25 years she has been teaching creative writing at universities in the US, Ireland and in Switzerland namely for illustrators and animators, worked as a mentor for comics and graphic novels and co-written computer games.


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