Mac McCool - Children's Book Illustrations and Graphic Novels

Sunday, July 29, 2007

The "Writing Graphic Novels" SCBWI Presentation is Good-To-Go!

My presentation on "Writing Graphic Novels" for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators summer conference is ready! During my two workshops at the past winter conference in New York, I had so many questions about writing graphic novels that it proved that many writers don't quite know where to start. So this presentation won't disappoint! It's PACKED with information. After an overview of the industry and the role of writers in it, we'll zip right into the heart of the matter: what's specific to writing good graphic novels? From dialogues and voices to economy of style, from speech balloons to voice-over boxes, from word sounds to timing speech for drama, from the relationship of text and images to "silent" comics, and tons more! In the end, we'll look into manuscript formats and submissions, as well as tips for collaborating with artists. With so much info, I am creating handouts for my attendees so they can focus on the presentation rather than on beating records of speed-note-taking! It's happening this Sunday August 5th, at 10:45am in Los Angeles. Register here!


Blogger julie winkler said...

I will be attending- and I can't wait to get all that information- so thank you for putting it all together- it really will be appreciated!

Do you know if there is pre-registration somewhere?

7/31/07, 7:27 AM  
Blogger Mac McCool said...

Julie, there is no pre-registration for each workshop. You just show up (on time!) and usually, there are plenty enough chairs for everyone. As for the main conference, here's the page to register to the L.A. summer SCBWI conference. Please come and introduce yourself at the end of the workshop (mention you dropped me a line on my blog!).

7/31/07, 9:16 AM  
Blogger Kathryn Hunley said...

Hi Mac,
I am an illustrator and will be attending your SCBWI Friday morning workshop! The workshop title is "Illustration in Panels: Composing Graphic Novels." That sounds to me like you will be discussing the illustration side of graphic novels in this workshop, then the writing part in Sunday's workshop. Is that a correct assumption?
I look forward to seeing you.

8/1/07, 2:17 PM  
Blogger Mac McCool said...

Hi Kathryn,
Yes, the "Illustration in Panels: Composing Graphic Novels" workshop focuses on ways an artist can use the page design to guide the reader along and enhance the storytelling visually. The "Writing Graphic Novels" workshop centers on the many writing concepts, techniques, and considerations that build better graphic novels.
If you're interested in graphic novels, whether you're an illustrator or writer, both will be extremely useful.

8/2/07, 6:21 AM  

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