Hardcore STORYtelling with Annie Mok

This live, online  class swims into the deep waters of Robert McKee's book STORY: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting. Taking examples from Ingmar Bergman to Casablanca to Satyajit Ray, the book delves into what makes a story pump through the beating heart of its characters' movements through the plot. 

Students will be complete four homework assignments, making short one- to six-page comics that are either fiction or nonfiction short stories or scenes that make use of the principles discussed; or, Lynda Barry-like talking-to-the-audience comics reflecting on the information read. Students will be invited to read their comics homework publicly at a Zoom SAW comics reading on Fri. 8/27 at 8pm EST.

REQUIRED: Please purchase a copy, physical or digital, of Story by Robert McKee by the start of the class. Students will be expected to be familiar with part 1 of Story by the course's first class video meeting.

CLASS COST: $75 to $200 USD sliding scale


Four Sundays at 7 pm EST.

  • Sunday August 1, 7 pm Eastern
  • Sunday August 8, 7 pm Eastern
  • Sunday August 15, 7 pm Eastern
  • Sunday August 22, 7 pm Eastern
  • Final reading event: Friday August 27, 8 pm  

All classes will be recorded and archived in case any students miss a class.

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    Instructor Bio:

    Annie Mok is an author-illustrator, a regular contributor to Rookie Mag and The Comics Journal, co-creator of Swim Thru Fire with Sophia Foster-Dimino, co-star in the upcoming feature film Phaesporia, a musician, and host and producer of the movies podcast Lights Go Down. She is a recipient of a 2014 Leeway Foundation Transformation Award. Annie was the frontwoman for See-Through Girls from 2013-2015.

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