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A Conversation: Writing Visually for Sequential Storytelling with Shannon Watters

Date(s): Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Craft Talk, Discussion, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Comics, Graphic Novels
Cost: $39 Regular, $25 Student

About the Class

What does it mean to write when your success means the less of your words a reader sees, the better? How do you write differently when you know that your words will be translated into something onthe page that are not words at all? In the last decade, graphic novels have exploded in traditional publishing avenues, exposing more readers than ever to sequential storytelling and comics. Writing for comics, however, is a distinct skill, one that presents a number of pratfalls for even the most seasoned of authors. This course is an attempt to skip that learning curve. Get ready to sit down and engage in conversation with the proverbial artist in your head, and take a hands-on, hearts-open journey into learning how to write for that low-art-come-high-art visual medium, comics.

Meet Your Instructor

Shannon Watters is the co-creator and co-writer of the award-winning hit comic book series LUMBERJANES. She is also the senior editor and head of BOOM! Box line at BOOM! Studios, the imprint behind critically-acclaimed comics and graphic novels like GIANT DAYS, THE BACKSTAGERS, LUMBERJANES, FENCE, GOLDIE VANCE, HEAVY VINYL, THE AVANT-GUARDS, and many, many others. She lives with her partner in Los Angeles, CA.

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