The Art of Writing Comics: A Writing Camp for 6-9 Graders

We invite all writers and artists in grades 6-9 to sign up for an engaging workshop that combines narrative writing and art in comics form.

In this four-day workshop (July 17-20, 2017), students will write a memoir in comic form. This genre allows students to develop writing proficiency by lessening stress levels and fostering engagement. The comic memoir also helps students develop visual literacy skills, pairing the consideration of writing choices with design/illustration. In addition to instruction on writing, a portion of the day will focus on learning to draw; the art activity encourages students to think about their writing and story in an abstract way.

Molly Yates, an English teacher at Bullard High School, will be the instructor of this workshop. Molly, who taught this workshop for the first time in 2016, is a San Joaquin Valley Writing Project Teacher Consultant who uses comics to inspire deep thinking in her high school students.

This workshop will take place at Fresno State, 8:30-12:30, July 17-20. Charge is $175 per child (with a $25 fee reduction for siblings). A limited number of scholarships are available for kids who would not be able to participate otherwise. Please email Dr. Kathleen Godfrey ( for queries about scholarships. Any other questions should be directed to Molly at

Make sure to register at

Then, send check made out to “The Foundation” to the following address:

San Joaquin Valley Writing Project

Attention: Dr. Juliet Wahleithner

Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education

5005 N. Maple Ave MS ED 202

Fresno, CA 93740-8025

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