F239. Writing Comics the AWP Way

Room 2B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, February 28, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


How do we write comics? Comics and graphic novels tend to be thought of, first and foremost, as a visual medium. But more and more people are coming to comics from writing backgrounds and creative writing programs. Are all the tools we learn writing prose and poetry relevant? How do we translate our skills as writers into the graphic medium? This panel will examine the challenges facing a writer in a graphic world and different ways to navigate these challenges.



Jeffrey S. Chapman is a professor of creative writing at Oakland University, just north of Detroit. He has published fiction and graphic stories in journals including the Florida Review, Cutbank, and Fiction International.

Justin Hall is the creator of True Travel Tales, Hard To Swallow, and Glamazonia. He edited the Lambda- and Eisner-nominated No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics and has work in the Best American Comics and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He teaches comics at the California College of the Arts.

Nathan Holic is the graphic narrative editor at the Florida Review and teaches writing courses at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of the online graphic novel Clutter, and the serialized comic adaptation of Alex Kudera’s novel Fight For Your Long Day at Atticus Review.

Rich Shivener teaches writing and serves as assistant director of First-Year Programs at Northern Kentucky University. He writes about comics and video games for local magazines, academic journals, and such publications as Publishers Weekly and Bit Creature.

Claire Stephens works and teaches at the University of South Florida. Her master's thesis, Split City Blues, is a graphic novel, but she also writes and draws graphic poetry.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center