Online: Vroom – Splash – Ouch – Yeah!  Writing for Comics, Graphic Novels and Computer Games with Gabrielle Alioth Irish Writers Centre Dublin Creative Writing Courses

Online: Vroom – Splash – Ouch – Yeah! Writing for Comics, Graphic Novels and Computer Games with Gabrielle Alioth

Starts: Tues 29 June 2021
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Duration: 4 Weeks
Cost: €120/€108

Level: Beginner/Emerging

All remote Irish Writers Centre courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)


Course Summary: 

A picture is worth a thousand words. But some pictures are enhanced by words, they can 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

  • how to create characters
  • how to develop plots
  • how to construct storyboards
  • 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 their 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.

Please note that 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.

Reviews of Gabrielle Alioth's Work:

A born teacher and an accomplished translator, Gabrielle is always able to put students at their ease.

Dr Siobhán Donovan, Head of German Studies UCD, Dublin

Her primary strength lies in individual guidance, her incredible ability to respond individually to each student and to bring them to breaking new ground with confidence. In discussions with her many found the motivation to strive for new forms of expression and come to grips with questions of style and precise wording.

Pierre Thomé, Head of Illustration, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland

She was a very lively, open and relaxed instructor who had a wealth of personal experience and insights to offer yet was genuinely interested in her students, their individual ideas and concepts, and their intellectual growth. 

Dr Jutta Ittner, Professor Emerita, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA

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