Six Month Graphic Novel Development Intensive
That project is biting at you, asking, begging to be made.
That project is biting at you, asking, begging to be made! You need to put your attention to it. You need to find the focus and tools to say yes to it and make it happen. The Graphic Novel Development Intensive is what you need.
From SAW instructors, Tom Hart and Emma Jensen and others, we will provide you with inspiration, advice & critique, motivation and structured action plan
Let's get that graphic novel going!
This is the place to be if you want to get focused with your vision and in a groove with your story. The SAW graphic novel development intensive is full of teaching, wisdom and expertise from the SAW teachers and community, including Tom Hart, Justine Mara Andersen and Leela Corman and others.
In this program you will have resources, guidance and community to help you see that thing through. We've been there before. We're offering you our hand.
Hear what our cohort had to say...
Work With Experienced Professionals
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Here are all the courses that are included in your bundle.
Encyclopedia of time-tested resources for learners of comics. Hundreds of pages of examples, tutorials, and exercises to use as your own personal library.
Each month a professional cartoonist joins us, showing their work, discussing their career and art, and taking questions from the exclusive SAW community. You're invited! All you have to do is be a part of one of our exclusive groups.
$7.99 / month
We'll Walk You Through The Steps You Need
Honing in on your idea: Choosing what to work with.
Parameters and Formats: What to focus on and aim for.
Story and Structure: What will compel the reader?
Keeping Going: How to find the energy to keep going.
Planning the Finish: Making a plan for the upcoming weeks, months or whatever it takes!
Publishing and Sharing: Lots of stories about how to wrap it up for the world.
Reflection: Learning from what you have experienced and accomplished.
Zoom Calls with Tom, Emma (below!) and the SAW Community!
Starting June 1, 2021. Sign up now for special price of $602
You've accidentally wound up on last year's page
This program is focused on a single project.
The online certificate program is more of an exploratory, tool-building, voice-finding program.
When you have some tools and a sense of your voice and project, then you are ready or this!
No! We understand (boy, do we!) how hard it is to START.
But you should have some idea of what the project is, and be eager to start. We will hold you accountable, but YOU have to do the work. Accountability, group discussion and critique is a lot of what this program is about.
We will ask you to show up, again and again and again.
The time commitment is entirely up to you. We can't make the book for you. ;) As with most programs of this kind, the people that get the most out of it put the most in. You have to find a rhythm that works for you. As for interacting in the group, you can get away with as little or as much as you like as well. We know life gets in the way and feel that if you can devote 3-5 hours a week at a minimum, you should be able to some progress.
All the structural materials are prerecorded or otherwise in the course materials. The community is open 24/7 and Tom and Emma will be in it daily. Additionally, we meet weekly via Zoom. Either Tom or Emma will be on each of these, with one call per month featuring a professional cartoonist, editor or creator. We're really excited about the line up! In 2020 we hosted Leela Corman, Leslie Stein, Carol Tyler, Robin Chapman and many more!
The calls will be weekly, alternating 2 pm and 8 pm Eastern on Tuesdays. They are not mandatory and are recorded.
No, not in its entirety. We can only read short-story sized excerpts at the scale of this program.
Our main personal offering is an ability to help you see the whole project in context, the motivation and some strategy to work on it, and editorial feedback and critiquing help where needed.
If you want more in-depth feedback, or editorial services for the entire project, please look to our 1-on-1 consulting page.
There is no materials list. This course is for people already working on something in a medium they are comfortable with. For people who are looking to change their practice, we can help them figure out the best materials to help them reach their goals.
Emma and/or Tom plan on being in the discussion group at least every other day. The online community works best with investment from the cohort of students all working on similar problems and challenges together. We are excited to guide the discussions in important and valuable ways, and give direct feedback to the work that is shared there.
We want to make sure the course is the right fit for you and for us. If we aren't already in touch with you, please email us if you want to share what you want to be working on so we can make sure we can serve you.
Is this the Single-Year Comics Certificate Program?
No, it is NOT.
You've accidentally wound up on last year's page