Jess Ruliffson is Here to Demonstrate How to Apply Narrative Logic From Different Mediums to Comics

At A Glance

When: For 4 weeks starting Wednesday October 11, 2023 at 1PM to 3PM Eastern

Where: Online via Zoom

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Cost: $259

Materials: No required materials

Bootleggers Guide to Story

Have you been struggling to get some liftoff with your stories? Perhaps you have an interesting idea but need the tools to turn it into a story--but HOW? 

In this four-week class we’ll uncover some of the story logic in popular short film mediums, looking at movie trailers, music videos, and television commercials. By engaging with these hyper-visual, condensed mediums, we’ll learn how to jump right into the action and tell more compelling and exciting comics stories unladen by clunky backstories or stilted dialogue. 

Through teacher-guided exercises, students will harness their visual storytelling skills to create short comics each week that are propelled forward by the powerful engine of story.

In Detail

Week 1 Wednesday October 11, 2023 1PM-3PM Eastern/10AM-12PM Pacific  – Coming to a Theater Near You: How to Tell a Story in Three Minutes (Movie Trailers)

Week 2 Wednesday October 18, 2023 1PM-3PM Eastern/10AM-12PM Pacific – And Now a Word From Our Sponsors: How to Tell a Story in 30 Seconds (TV Commercials)

Week 3 Wednesday October 25, 2023 1PM-3PM Eastern/10AM-12PM Pacific - I Want My MTV: Six Minute Storytelling (Music Videos)

Week 4 Wednesday November 1, 2023 1PM-3PM Eastern/10AM-12PM Pacific - Memes as Flash Fiction: The One Minute Novel

Calls will include live instruction, discussion and exercises. 

Class videos, audios, chats and transcripts will be saved and archived. This course includes an exclusive community for sharing through the Mighty Network. 

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About the Instructor

Jess Ruliffson is an award-winning cartoonist. Her debut graphic novel, Invisible Wounds, is out now from Fantagraphics. In 2017, her comic I Trained to Fight The Enemy was shortlisted for Slate's Cartoonist Studio Prize. Her comics have appeared in Freeman's Tale of Two Americas, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gainesville Sun, BuzzFeed, The Nib, The Boston Globe, Pantheon Books, Wilson Quarterly, and The Oxford American. She teaches comics and painting at The Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, FL and The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Jess is represented by Duvall Osteen at Aragi, Inc.

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“Jess has a wide variety of resources and comics to illuminate the techniques she was teaching which was very helpful. Her skills and knowledge make her presentation of the material deeply engaging.”

“I am SO glad I took this workshop. The resources are phenomenal. Tom and Jess are so sharp and supportive, I learned a lot from listening to their instruction and their constructive thinking about everyone’s work. The instruction is very responsive to the needs and interests of the group. ”

“SAW classes are a great way to upgrade your skills in a warm and welcoming environment while making connections with lots of other folks who are doing the same. ”