Graphic novels contain a variety of details that, when reflected upon, aid in the development of visual literacy. Details like sound effects, frame structure, the shape of speech bubbles, and much more all act as critical elements to the telling of the story. Explore the examples and prompts below for ideas on how to keep readers engaged in the unique qualities that make graphic novels great.
When writing our stories, language allows us the flexibility to tell them in our own unique way. Learn how these authors consider words in their writing. Then, get creative and tell your story, your way.
My instinct is to reassure the kids we talk to. I feel like telling them, “Some things are issues that only grown-ups can deal with. There’s only so much that kids can do.” But I’m learning to bite my tongue as Jennifer passionately teaches the kids—and me—about the true power kids hold.
Every story has characters whose voices we may remember long after we’ve closed the book. Finding those character voices and writing them authentically is an essential part of the writing process. Listen to these authors discuss how they found their characters’ voices and consider how you might find your own.
How to Live on the Edge was inspired by a combination of questions that materialized in my mind six years ago, after I discovered that I had a BRCA gene mutation. [...] The following questions spun in my mind...