Online Masterclass: Graphic Novel Your Life

Tell your personal story in graphic novel form.

When, Where

  • Zoom


Use your own personal experiences or family history to start developing your own graphic novel at this online masterclass with comic artist and graphic novelist Rachael Ball.

Rachael will take you through the essential components of a successful graphic novel in this supportive and structured session, from character design to satisfying plot structure.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or seasoned professional, you’ll come away from the masterclass with an action plan to help you move forward with your graphic novel with confidence.

What you’ll need

  • Photocopy paper
  • A3 cartridge paper
  • Pens and pencils
  • Rubber
  • Highlighters
  • Any other preferred art materials
  • Sketchbook (optional)

Experience needed

No prior experience needed.

Need to know

Participants will receive handouts a week before the masterclass and login details the day before – these will be sent to the email address linked to your Paypal account so please email as soon as possible from your contact email address if this is different to the one linked to your Paypal account.

About the tutor

Rachael Ball is an acclaimed cartoonist who started out cartooning for cult comic Deadline in 1988. Her first graphic novel, The Inflatable Woman (Bloomsbury), was a Guardian Best Graphic Novel 2015 and her second, Wolf (SelfMadeHero), has been called “a timeless classic” (Pipedream Comics) and is soon to be published in France. She is currently working on her third graphic novel, The Patsy Papers  Her work was featured in House of Illustration’s Comix Creatrix exhibition and the Cartoon Museum’s The Inking Woman exhibition. She also co-coordinates the London branch of Laydeez Do Comics, a forum which promotes women in comics, and has 16 years of teaching experience.

Previous students

“The workshop was brilliant for helping clarify my idea for a graphic novel.”

“Rachael is an amazing teacher. I wish my university course had been this informative!”

“Rachael is a wonderful tutor. The class was well-structured, engaging and pitched to all abilities.”

See previous students' work.

Gift this masterclass

If you would like to gift a place on this masterclass to someone, we can send you an e-ticket for them by email.

How it works

  • Buy a ticket below.
  • Forward your email booking confirmation to, along with the name and email address of the person you will be gifting it to.
  • We will send you a personalised e-ticket by email within 4 working days.
  • You can choose to print the voucher or email it to your recipient.


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Online masterclass with donation£71.50 £71.50
Online masterclass without donation£65.00 £65.00

Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to our general terms and conditions. Age 18+ only.

Your ticket confirmation email may go to the email address linked to your Paypal account. Please contact immediately if you do not receive it.