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Doodling for Writers: Creating Visual/Word Hybrid Stories with Rebecca Fish Ewan

Date(s): Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Craft Talk
Genre and Form(s): Graphic Novels, Hybrid, Memoir, Poetry, Visual Art
Cost: $39 Regular, $25 Student

About the Class

In this workshop, we will use doodling as a foundation for creating visual hybrid form poetry/prose. Rebecca will briefly show examples of visual hybrid work and introduce/demonstrate doodling methods. Then, offering writing and doodling prompts, Rebecca will help guide participants in the creation of visual poetry/prose. Participants will be encouraged to begin to explore the wonderful and vast cosmos of doodles from where they are, so no formal art training is necessary to engage in making doodle poems or creating micro doodle essays. There are no gatekeepers in the Doodleverse!  

What to have on hand:

Paper. Regular copy paper, your sketchbook, or any paper type you want to explore.

Writing/doodling tools, such as pens, pencils, watercolor paints/brushes, markers, crayons… anything that makes a mark on the page, from your favorite pen to some delightful art supply you have yet to try.

Note to digital tech users: All the demonstrations will be analog, but the prompts and mingling of words and drawings can be done digitally. Rebecca is mostly analog, so won’t have useful tech advice, but just wants you to know all the prompts and activities can be done on a tablet with a drawing app.

Meet Your Instructor

Poet/cartoonist, Rebecca Fish Ewan's (she/her) passion is mingling text with visual art, primarily in ink and watercolor, to tell stories of place and memory. Her hybrid-form work has appeared in After the Art, Brevity, Crab Fat, Survivor Zine, Hip Mama, Mutha, TNB, Punctuate & Under the Gum Tree. Her illustrations and essay, “The Deepest Place on Earth,” were published in the Literary Kitchen anthology, Places Like Home. Rebecca has an MFA in creative writing from ASU, where she has been a landscape design professor for 25+ years.

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at