Advanced Comic Book Writing: Scripting Your Mini-Series
Grab your readers’ attention; hook them into your story and characters’ lives! That’s the goal of every story—and every issue you write, every page you scribble, and every panel you ask to be drawn is an opportunity to pull your reader into your story more.
99% of what makes a story great is its execution. A concept is important, but it’s in how a story is told, that we are moved and fall in love with it. In this 16-week course (that’s eight class meetings, bi-weekly), you will work with experienced comics writer and editor Andy Schmidt through an entire three or four-issue mini-series. Topics include: hooking your reader with the first issue, dealing with exposition, constructing powerful turning points and cliffhangers, building relatable character arcs, ramping up your drama, using comedy to enhance reality, and much more!
In addition to the class meeting discussions and lectures, you will workshop your mini-series by using the Creators Workshop and working with your classmates—and those are powerful tools that you can’t get anywhere else!
You’ll also be a part of in-depth discussions on the current marketplace for comic series and advanced networking tips and publishing dos and don’ts. Come prepared to work hard and build from the foundation up!
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- You will work with professional comic book editor and writer Andy Schmidt.
- You will develop fully formed mini-series scripts no more than 22-pages long each.
- You’ll learn tips and tricks to creating a great script and hooking readers fast.
- You’ll get Andy’s wealth of experience and training.
- Meets one night, every other week (eight class meetings in a 16-week period) from 9:00 to 11:00 pm Eastern Time, for sixteen weeks.
- You and your class will workshop your scripts in the Creators Workshop online community.
- You’ll have access to recordings of any class in the series for the duration of the class and a few weeks after its conclusion—so you never have to miss a class!
- The course and all its features are $895. For Creators Workshop members, a $200 discount is offered on the forums.
- Simply click on the PayPal button and you’re enrolled.
- On the first night of class, bring your ideas—the rest we build together!
Andy Schmidt, former Senior Editor at IDW Publishing, former Editor at Marvel Comics, and writer of such comics as 5 Days to Die, X-Men: Divided We Stand, and G.I. Joe: Future Noir launched Comics Experience for people who want to make comics or work in the comics industry.
During his nearly six years at Marvel Comics, Andy edited such popular comic books as X-Men, X-Factor, Alias, Secret War, Captain America: The Chosen, Iron Man / Captain America: Casualties of War, Avengers Classic, and the Annihilation saga. As an assistant and associate editor, Andy worked on nearly every major character in the Marvel canon—from Spider-Man to the Avengers and Fantastic Four.
In 2007, Andy founded Comics Experience to pass his knowledge on to students. In 2008, Andy wrote an authoritative, Eagle Award-winning book about making comics: The Insider’s Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels, published by Impact Books. In 2010, he created the Creators Workshop as part of Comics Experience, where students can learn and grow together as creators. In 2013, Andy left corporate life and began consulting and writing in the Entertainment Industry on properties such as Spider-Man, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, and Transformers as we all as consulting with film and television studios.
In January 2016, Comics Experience launched a digital-only comics line from Creators Workshop members available exclusively through ComiXology.
Why do I have to take the Introduction to Comic Book Writing course first?
This mini-series course has so much ground to cover that we need to ensure that all participants are starting with some of the same educational building blocks. The Intro course prerequisite guarantees that all incoming students share the same foundation of knowledge, a common vocabulary, and some experience with writing comic scripts. This enables us to provide you with the most value for your time and budget
How does this class differ from the Intro class?
The Intro class offers up a ton of foundational material, but this course offers brand new material and greatly expands on subjects that just get touched on in the Intro course. This is the deep dive, so come on in, the water’s fine!
What happens if I can’t make a class one night? Can I make it up?
Have no fear—each class session is recorded and you’ll have access to the recording for the duration of the entire course. If you miss one night, no problem! In fact, we have students from all over the world and it’s not uncommon for some to never attend a single session live—but they still get a great class experience through the recordings and interactions on the private class online forum!
Is there homework?
Yes and no. You will be writing—a lot—so we won’t be adding on top of the three or four issues you already have on your plate.That feels like enough and you’re going to learn a metric ton by doing that!
How much interaction and feedback will I get with and from Andy personally?
As with all Comics Experience courses, one of the greatest aspects is the level of interaction you get from the instructor. This course is no different. Andy will be reviewing your work throughout the course and giving direct feedback. You’ll also be getting feedback from your peers. This is a hands-on course—for you and your peers.
What do I learn here, that I can’t learn someplace else?
I’m glad you asked! With all of our courses, we pack as much information into every session as humanly possible. But we also do something that no other comics teaching institution does—we create our own methodology and approach to the creative experience and endeavor. In other words, the actual process that you’ll go through is not taught anywhere else and was specifically created for comics! Not movies or TV. Not novels or short stories—but for comics. And that’s why we are confident when we say that Comics Experience courses are simply the best courses about comics available today.
Prerequisite: You must have completed the Introduction to Comic Book Writing course to enroll in the Advanced class.
To participate in our live online sessions you will need:
- A computer or mobile device that meets Adobe Connect’s minimum requirements
- High-speed Internet access
- Headphones/ear buds with microphone (optional, but strongly suggested)
- A mind like a sponge!
“I have nothing but positive feedback for the advanced writing courses. It’s a step up from the beginner courses; it felt fairly intense and really raised the difficulty level, but was all great! I am greatly appreciative of the honest feedback on our pitches…if you develop another course, sign me up!”
“The advanced class is non-stop learning about the craft of writing comics. Sure, it’s possible to pick up a few writing tips by reading online interviews with creators. But that’s nothing compared to the weekly classes crammed with advice, Andy’s expert instruction, unlimited Q&A, and instant feedback. If you’re serious about learning how to write comics, this class is a must.”