How do cartoonists organize their stories through image, text, and panels? How does time and pacing work in comics, and how does this affect the reading experience? What’re those emphasized-squiggles-coming-out-of-their-head called? In this workshop, we will cover both practical and critical considerations when reading and immersing ourselves in the world of comics. Using close reading techniques and critical analysis, we will unpack and discuss speculative comics specifically by creators from underrepresented backgrounds, such as Trinidad Escobar, and selections from Elements: Fire, a comics anthology by creators of color, edited by Taneka Stotts, and more. With that, we will also read from an intersectional lens. We’ll also do a cartooning exercise or two to try our hand at these techniques. Open to beginners and those well-read in comics!

This workshop is available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $55 fee.

Unless otherwise stated, all times listed are US Pacific Time.

We offer a limited number of scholarships for each class to Black and Indigenous writers and writers from other marginalized backgrounds on a first come, first served basis. Please email us at with a one-paragraph statement about your scholarship interest and/or need. Please include the name of the class you would like to apply the scholarship to.

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Clarion West will refund all class fees if the request is made 30 days prior to the class date. Refund requests made within 30 days of the class will be honored if we can fill the seat. Any exceptions are subject to approval by our workshop staff.