Online Masterclass: Graphic Novel Your Life

Tell your personal story in graphic novel form in an afternoon on Zoom with graphic novelist Rachael Ball.

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.

How the masterclass works:

  • The live online masterclass will take place on Zoom (please note that all timings are GMT).
  • 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.

You will need:

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

Experience: No prior experience needed.

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.

Feedback from Rachael’s previous masterclasses:

“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.”

Course date and booking:

This masterclass takes place on Saturday 6 March 2021, 1-5pm GMT. This masterclass is for those aged 18+ only.

IMPORTANT: Your ticket confirmation will go to the email address linked to your Paypal account. Please email from your contact email address if this is different to the one linked to your Paypal account.

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