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Marrying Text & Image: Creating Graphic Narratives 6-Week Workshop, Starts February 7th, 2022
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Marrying Text & Image: Creating Graphic Narratives 6-Week Workshop, Starts February 7th, 2022

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Begins Monday, November 1st, 2021

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Taught by Courtney Cook, author and illustrator of the Kirkus starred graphic memoir The Way She Feels: My Life on the Borderline in Pictures and Pieces (Tin House, 2021), recently deemed as one of the Best Books of 2021 by Book Riot.

Created for writers and artists at every level, this 6-week course is designed to spark inspiration, quiet self-doubt, and eradicate the belief that one must embody a certain level of artistic skill to employ utilizing illustrated or visual elements in their own work.

Each week, students will read a selection of graphic narratives by creators such as Kristen Radtke, Yumi Sakugawa, Kevin Huizenga, Allie Brosh, and Teresa Wong, exploring the nearly endless ways text and image can be combined on the page. In addition to discussing these works with their peers, students will participate in a series of exercises inspired by renowned comic artist and writer Harvey Pekar’s belief that “You can do anything with words and images.”

While not required, I highly encourage students to share the work they create with the class, though students are welcome to share their work directly with me if they feel more comfortable doing so.

Students will leave this course with an understanding of what makes an impactful and successful graphic narrative, the beginnings of their own graphic narratives they may apply this new understanding to, and the confidence and fervor to bring their graphic narratives into the world.

Student Testimonials:

“Such an inspiring class. I loved exploring different ways image and text can be integrated together. Key takeaway: there’s no one way art should be, and your art doesn’t have to be at a certain skill level to justify creation!” -Maeghan K.

“My mentorship with Courtney launched my career as a creative writer. Before we worked together, I was riddled with self-doubt, insecure that I didn’t have an MFA, and uncertain about whether I should even write at all. With detailed feedback on my essays, custom curated reading lists, and approachable, honest conversations, Courtney inspired me to overcome my anxieties and focus on my craft in a way that makes sense for me. In the weeks following my mentorship, an essay I wrote and revised with the help of Courtney’s guidance was published by one of my goal publications, and I was selected as a City Books Writer in Residence to continue working on my first book. Courtney reminded me that though writing is hard, it doesn’t have to be that hard.” -Kelsey S.

“Thank you, Courtney, for motivating us to write in ways I never thought of before. You took us down twists and turns while giving us confidence that we could do it and then supported our attempts with your kind critiques. The readings have been so valuable. I loved this class!” -Jean P.

“Courtney, I LOVED this class. Thank you so much for all the great readings you assigned, the perfect writing prompts that allowed us to dig deep and be vulnerable, and for the valuable feedback. You were very encouraging!” -Hope K.

“Courtney is fantastic at creating a comfortable safe space for her students to discuss vulnerabilities and writing. Her openness to developing workflow and style helps guide participants to communicate their works in their authentic voices. I, being a member of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and Neurodivergent communities, find Courtney’s empathetic willingness to learn and understand her students’ perspective and experiences uplifting and a breath of fresh air.” -Cypher M.


This class is entirely asynchronous which means you complete the weekly assignments on your own schedule. There are no set meeting times in order to allow for greater participation; your cohort will consist of writers from across different time zones, which allows for a wonderful diversity of voices.

Along with your weekly deadlines there is plenty of interaction with Courtney and your peers within Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment.

You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule. There are discussion questions each week inspired by the assigned readings and topics in the lecture notes. Students are encouraged to take these wherever is most compelling and/or useful for them. Courtney engages with these discussions throughout the week and you will receive feedback from all assigned writing activities.


Wet Ink was built and designed specifically for online writing classes. Wet Ink is private, easy to use, and very interactive. You can learn more about the Wet Ink platform by Watching a Class Demo.

You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Instructor: Courtney Cook

  • Class limited to 12 writers

  • Class Starts February 7th, 2022

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

Instructor Courtney Cook is the author of the illustrated memoir The Way She Feels: My Life on the Borderline in Pictures and Pieces (Tin House Books, June 2021). A multidisciplinary artist, Courtney’s personal essays, poetry, illustrations, fiction and comics have been published by outlets such as The Guardian, The Rumpus, Hobart,  Wax Nine, and Lunch Ticket. Courtney obtained her BA in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Michigan and MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of California, Riverside. To learn more about Courtney, head to her website.

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