Find Your Voice, Tell Your Story & Witness the Possibilities of Graphic Memoir
Join the SAW Monthly Graphic Memoir + Graphic Medicine Intensive Working Group Today
Together #1 New York Times bestselling cartoonist, Tom Hart, and mystery novelist-memoirist-graphic memoirist, Beth Trembley, have taught hundreds of students with 50+ years of combined teaching experience in schools, colleges and community settings. This course brings together their wisdom, curiosity and excitement for personal story telling through comics.
We tailor exercises and discussions according to the needs of the group or even individuals.
It may be that some people need guided exercises and others want discussions and feedback. Both are always accommodated.
This group has been dynamic, rich, supportive and super-interesting.
Want to see what real people are like? Want to see real people telling their stories? Want to tell your own? Want to make your graphic memoir come alive?
This group will focus and inspire you. Let's make your story happen!
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At SAW we believe that everyone should have access to quality arts education. We offer our courses at a sliding scale. Paying what you can afford helps others pay what they can afford, thanks!
Want to pay something other than what is listed below? Contact Tom at tom at sequentialartistsworkshop dot org
With institutional support:
Tom Hart is a cartoonist has been the Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a school and arts organization in Gainesville, Florida since 2012.
His 2016 memoir, Rosalie Lightning, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was featured on many Best-Of-2016 lists.
His Hutch Owen series of graphic novels and books, were nominated for all the major industry awards. His The Collected Hutch Owenwas nominated for best graphic novel in 2000. He was an early recipient of a Xeric Grant for self-publishing cartoonists, and has been on many best-of lists in the Comics Journal and other comix publications. He has been called “One of the great underrated cartoonists of our time” by Eddie Campbell and “One of my favorite cartoonists of the decade” by Scott McCloud. His daily Hutch Owen comic strip ran for 2 years in newspapers in New York and Boston, and his “Ali’s House”, co-created with Margo Dabaie was picked up by King Features Syndicate.
He was a core instructor at New York City’s School of Visual Arts for 10 years, teaching cartooning to undergraduates, working adults and teens alike. Among his students were Dash Shaw, Sarah Glidden Box Brown and other published cartoonists like Leslie Stein, Jessica Fink,Josh Bayer, Brendan Leachand many others. He has taught comix and sequential art at schools and institutions all around New York City for more than 10 years, and has conducted week-long workshops from Maine to Hawaii. He also teaches sequential art in the School of Art and Art History at UF.
His website is http://www.tomhart.net
Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshoptom@sequentialartistsworkshop.org
Elizabeth Trembley, Ph.D, is the creator of the graphic memoir, Look Again (Street Noise Books, 2022). She is also a Lambda Literary Award-winning mystery novelist and writing teacher of more than three decades.
Beth views her role as helping students increase the power of their stories. She believes that people often psych themselves out wondering "who would ever want to read this?" about their work. She knows that if you really want to be read by others, you need to understand how to shape a story to showcase your authentic insights. Knowing the basics helps you innovate, and writing to be read by others will help you create a more diverse and just world.
Beth trained in literature and in innovation and creativity in places as diverse as the University of Chicago and Disney University. Through her classes, hundreds of students have drafted their first novels, explored digital storytelling, crafted personal essays, and reflected on their lives through memoir, both in prose and in comics. You can learn more about her at https://elizabethtrembley.com
“Tom brings everything I could have wanted to his role as mentor and impresario in the SAW graphic memoir group—enthusiasm, a sharp and critical eye, an intuitive grasp of visual and linear storytelling, and perhaps the world’s most exhaustive and affectionate knowledge of comics history. He loves what he does, and he exudes a genuine desire to help his students become the best comics artists possible.”
“I loved Tom Hart's course and being able to share with other members and ask for & give feedback about the work on a daily basis. Everyone is super willing to share and is generous with their time and ideas and helps to move your story along or call out things that may not work, or need to be clarified. Tom gives great insight as well, and he gives a plethora of great materials from pdf of comics and readings of everything form starting to visual style and storytelling through comics. Highly recommended!”
“This course helped me to clarify my concept for my graphic memoir, to get valuable feedback from Tom and classmates about my plan, and to workshop various ideas through the excellent exercises Tom provided. There was TONNES of material provided, more than I could actually sift through, but what I looked at was so helpful in so many ways. I loved the camaraderie and creative exchange in our group. I now feel more confident and knowledgeable about the graphic memoir genre, drawing the face and body, page composition, and voice, and ready to really start my memoir in earnest. Great to know also that the new course will allow me to come back in to get support when I need it. Thanks Tom!”
“My name is Emma and I’m a proud member of Tom’s Graphic Memoir Group. I can’t recommend this book highly enough! Ive been in the group working on my memoir for over a year now and i have loved every moment. Tom’s a unique, supportive and inspiring teacher it’s one of the main reasons I’ve kept coming back time and time again. It’s very rare to be in an online community and last this long. Get yourself a copy or better still join us. There are some exceptional people who i gladly call my friends.”
Ready to make your graphic memoir come alive?
Yes, the course materials, are here:
and the conversation is on our own Mighty Network (join the public space here: https://sequential-artists-workshop.mn.co/feed ).
The private URL will be given to you upon sign-up
Yes, there is lots!
We'll excavate slowly!
You can browse at any time you feel like a particular topic is what you need. You can always ask about anything in the class, but more common is that I will point to particular materials there, and have some or all of you take a look and work on the topics therein.
Yes, much of what is there is here also. As well as some materials from Comics for Writers and materials from all across the SAW world.
But there is tons of nuts-and-bolts stuff not in the Graphic Memoir mini-course course, and this course gives you access to our private community...
It works great! I find this is a lot like a dojo; the experienced students get to deepen their understanding by guiding and assisting others, and those in beginning stages learn from a lot of collective wisdom!
The main thing is working on Sequences. Always creating sequences in combinations of words and pictures, and evaluating how they are working.
As we do this, we will be trying new techniques, or bringing new understandings to each week's sequences. For instance, one week, we might focus on tone of voice, or we might focus on staying silent, or on body language or page composition or lettering. Other times we may take a step back and look at structuring our sequences.
There are always any number of options to enliven our sequences for the week, but these assignments are just for people who want to bend towards their work in a new way.
The main thing we should always be doing is moving forward on our stories the way that makes the most sense to us. My aim is to guide you that way.
You have access to the materials AND the Mighty Network Community by continuing to be a subscriber.
The price always be sliding scale. And you can change what you pay any month.
You will be removed from the Mighty Network when you're not subscribed; but you can rejoin and still have all your old posts available...
It means you pay what you can afford. You have the same access as everyone else. Thanks for paying what you can afford!
Yes, this is me! And the Graphic Memoir Group is the main social media in my life. It is deeply rewarding. I post and comment in this group almost daily, as well as in the Comics Flow Group, and to some degree the rest of our Mighty Network as much as I can be... I have no time for other social media!
Any more questions? Feel free to ask firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for being on this first adventure with me!
ALWAYS ENROLLING. Teacher input in SAW Group. Do you have good work waiting to be adapted to comics? This course helps you make that transition from prose to sequential art.
Looking directly at the most emotionally direct material. Words, drawings, honesty, transmutation, valences, and a little bit of lying in service of emotional power. A full community-based class.