ONLINE! Scripting & Creating Comics – Family Day

Arts Workshop

Workshop Details

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Art by Mariana Fernandes

Comics begin with STORY and in this 6 hour Family Day Workshop, students will have the opportunity to explore their own creative ideas and form them into something tangible by the end of the workshop period! With an extended break after three hours, this Family Day comic creation session will explore and explain how to set up WHO, WHAT, and WHY in your own short comic!

Families are encouraged to sign up and attend as a group though individuals are always welcome! This all ages workshop that encourages sharing ideas and collaborating to create something completely original!

Consider who are the characters? What do they want? What is the inciting event that pushes them to pursue what they want despite the obstacles they face? Students will explore character development, story setting, story arc, and scripting. When all scripts are complete (or as close to complete as can be managed in the time allotted), the next step will be to sketch out these comics. By the end of our Family Day session, you’ll have an original comic that you’ve created together. Instructor Carla Ventresca is looking forward to spending Family Day writing comics with you!


Workshop OverviewWebcomic designed by cartoonist Carla Ventresca

  • Reviewing the fundamentals of story writing: place, time, characters, plot
  • Developing your characters, settings, scenarios
  • Outlining the story arc in acts 1, 2, 3
  • Building the scenes and dialogue
  • Writing the script in either thumbnail sketch format or screenplay format – your choice
  • Making rough layouts of your finished scripts


This workshop requires Internet Access and will take place via Google Meetings / Hangouts. Students have the freedom to work digitally or traditionally! Sessions will be recorded and shared with students.


  • Writing materials: notepad or lined paper, pencil or pen
  • Drawing material: Sheets of letter size paper (A4), pencils and eraser, drawing rulers


  • Text application such as Word
  • Drawing application such as Adobe Photoshop or Clip Studio Paint

About the Instructor

Learn how to make a webcomic series with instructor Carla Ventresca! Join Max the Mutt's creating a webcomic series online workshop from start to finish on Saturdays!CARLA VENTRESCA is a syndicated comic strip cartoonist with over 20 years in the industry. Her comic strip “On a Claire Day” which she co-created with her husband was published in newspapers in the U.S. and in Canada. She was also one of the six women cartoonists for the comic “Six Chix” published in newspapers internationally. Carla also did cartoons for magazines Readers Digest and Parade Magazine and is a greeting card artist and writer with American Greetings/Carlton Cards. She’s been an artist all her life and can’t imagine doing anything else! She loves to share her passion for creating comics with her students and support them in pursuing their art. Carla is originally from the Philadelphia area in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.

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