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Comics for People Who Can't Draw

Comics are great! They’re enjoyable to make, quick and easy to read, and people love to share them. But when I talk to writers who are interested in comics, they often point to the same roadblock that keeps them from experimenting with this fun and innovative form.

“But,” they say, “I can’t draw!”

I’m here to tell you that your fine art skills have very little to do with your aptitude for making comics. And how you (yes, YOU!) can make comics without any drawing ability at all.

In this workshop, we’ll identify main goals of comics artists and talk about the fundamentals of using art as communication. We’ll discuss ideas to work around gaps in artistic skills while still producing work that is visually compelling. We’ll also identify and practice ways you can leverage what you have to create a readable style that’s uniquely yours.

This workshop is for anyone with an interest in comics, and no special equipment or drawing skills are required!

Instructor: Aubrey Hirsch is a writer and illustrator of stories, essays, and comics. Her work has appeared in The Washington PostVoxTIME MagazineThe New York Times and elsewhere. Aubrey is the recipient of a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in Literature, an individual artist award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and The Meek Award for Graphic Narrative from The Florida Review.


Details: Comics for People Who Can't Draw takes place Saturday March 9 from 10-11:30 AM online via zoom

Prerequisite: None

Genre: Comics

Level: All levels.

Format: Craft talk.

Location: This class takes place online via zoom

Size: Limited to 35 participants.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 11.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email


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