THE WRITING CRAFT: Creating Graphic Novels

Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Archived

Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street

Over the years, graphic novels have become more common on bookstore and library shelves, grabbing the attention of many readers, from young book-lovers through experienced adults. What qualities define a successful graphic novel? How do you go about creating one that really works?

Ashley Spires has created a wildly successful series of graphic novels about Binky the Space Cat, an unlikely hero who is determined to rid his “spaceship” of invading aliens (aka houseflies). Newcomers to the graphic novel world, the books have already received raves from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre as well as numerous children’s reader choice programs. The sharp drawing and sideways humour appeal to a broad range of readers, from those who are mastering language to young teens who appreciate the levels of irony.

Join Ashley Spires as she shares a close-up look at the process of creating her graphic novels, and talks about some of the decisions she makes along the way. Bring your questions!

Registration: $25, $20 with THIN AIR Club Card; includes coffee and a light snack.

Pre-registration is available until September 27, either online at or by phone at (204) 927-7323, but in-person registration at the door is welcome too. The seminar is directed toward people with a strong interest in writing, but no publishing experience is required.

Information: or (204) 927-7323


Millennium Library

  • 251 Donald Street
  • Winnipeg, MB