Drawn to Write

Youth Comic Book Creation Camps in Edmonton!
Melding words and pictures, comics have a unique power to harness
the imagination’s storytelling potential.  

Drawn to Write Winter 1-Day Online Comic Book Creation Camps!
Registration Now Open!

Winter 1-Day Camps
Due to COVID-19, we have decided to bring our Winter 1-Day camps online for 2021!

January 2 & 3 – 10am-4:00pm (MST)
Camp descriptions below!

Cost:
$55 per day or $100 for both days*

Registration Deadline: December 30th, 2020

* This tuition includes instruction, a printed anthology of the comics created at the camp, and a launch party for the final anthology project.
* Please note that this fee includes a $35 non-refundable fee. No refunds will be made if an applicant is accepted into the camp but cancels his/her registration after the registration deadline. However, a full refund will be made in the event the applicant is not accepted into the program

Online Camp Schedule (classes over Zoom)
10:00am-Noon: Class Instruction
Noon-1:00pm: Lunch Break
1:00pm-3:00pm: Work on your assignments on your own & each student gets a 15min one-on-one private instruction and feedback session with instructors.
3:00-4:00pm: Class Discussion and Wrap Up

Participants will need blank paper or a sketch pad, pencil, eraser, and 1 each of fine and ultra-fine Sharpies (or equivalent). A ruler and colouring implements are nice to have, but not necessary.

January 2, 2021
10am-4:00pm (MST)
Picking Our Shots
How do we decide what images go inside each panel we draw in comics? How do we choose what ‘shot’ our artistic camera will take to make sure things look interesting, but also tell our story clearly? This class will  focus on different types of images we draw within the panel and how they frame the narrative for our audience

January 3, 2021
10am-4:00pm (MST)
Creating Believable Characters
A class that focuses on creating the cast of characters that fill our stories and how we make sure they are strong, enduring characters that feel real.

Camp Curriculum
Our curricula have been prepared with care by instructors with years of experience in education, fine arts, and comic book creation. Campers should be prepared to draw all day, and as well as enjoy entertaining comic-related activities that will enhance their understanding and appreciation of the comics medium and the creative community behind it.

We would like to thank Bedouin Beats dance for sponsoring this year’s Drawn to Write Winter 1-Day camps!


Information and Registration for our
2021 Summer 3-Day Camps
is currently closed. We will be posting information in Spring 2021

Summer 2020

In the Beginning (Ages 9+)
August 5-7, 2020
8:30am-4:00pm

To Be Continued (Ages 13+)
August 12-14, 2020
8:30am-4:00pm

COST: $235.00 CDN (with tax)

* This tuition includes instruction, art supplies, a daily snack (excluding online camps and in-person camps during COVID-19 regulations), a printed anthology of the comics created at the camp, and a launch party for the final anthology project.
* Please note that this fee includes a $35 non-refundable fee. No refunds will be made if an applicant is accepted into the camp but cancels his/her registration after the registration deadline. However, a full refund will be made in the event the applicant is not accepted into the program
*Age limits for To Be Continued waivered for younger campers who have done In the Beginning two or more times and would like to advance

August 5-7, 2020 In the Beginning
Campers will be taken step by step through the process of creating a comic, as well as enjoying fun comic-related activities that will enhance the participants’ understanding and appreciation of the comics medium. By the end of the camp, they will have each created a 1-page comic. In order to give Drawn-to-Writers the full experience of publishing a comic, they are strongly encouraged to attend the anthology launch party, where they will sign comics for the crowds that turn up to buy the book.

August 12-14, 2020 To Be Continued
Campers will be taken through advanced techniques in graphic storytelling, idea creation and development, and learn more about the business side of comic book creation. By the end of the camp, they will have each created a 1-page comic which will be published in an anthology. In order to give Drawn-to-Writers the full experience of publishing a comic, they are strongly encouraged to attend the anthology launch party, where they will sign comics for the crowds that turn up to buy the book.

Drawn to Write 3-Day Camp Information
Food:
Participants are expected to bring their own lunches to each day of the camp. Typically, we offer snacks, but we cannot safely do so this year due to COVID-19.

Supplies:
Each participant will receive a basic comic art kit as part of their camp experience, which is included in the camp fee. The kit will include the following supplies, provided by Delta Art and Drafting Supply:

  • Sketchbook
  • White Vinyl Eraser
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Fine-Line Marker, Black
  • Ultra-Fine Tip Marker, Black
  • Tote Bag

Comic Book Issue and Launch Party!
Every year, we publish a comic book anthology of the work created by our students. After the anthology is printed, all the camp participants and their guests will be invited to the Wonder Harbor for a Comic Book Launch Party! Just like the pros, each of the contributing campers will engage with the public, signing copies of their book and proudly sharing their work! The date and time of the Launch Party will be announced following the printing of the anthology and each camper will receive a personal invitation.

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