This 90-minute workshop provides an opportunity to write about your experiences with grief and to acquire some support materials to nurture the daily creative practice of your choice. With short writing prompts and the medium of comic books and zines, you’ll create a personalized narrative in the form of a mini comic. You’ll have the freedom to tell your own story and capture your own experiences in a way that’s meaningful and comfortable for you. You’ll craft at least three scenes and draw at least six pictures. Participants are encouraged to bring a stack of blank 4x6 index cards, a black PaperMate Flair pen (in the spirit of cartoonist Lynda Barry), and an open mind. Previous drawing experience is not required. All levels of writing are encouraged to join us.
Yona Harvey is the author of two poetry collections--You Don’t Have to Go to Mars for Love (winner of the Believer Book Award for Poetry) and Hemming the Water (winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award)--and a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow. She co-wrote Marvel’s World of Wakanda, a companion series to the bestselling Black Panther comic, and co-wrote Marvel's Black Panther & The Crew. She has worked with teenagers writing about mental health issues in collaboration with Creative Nonfiction magazine and the Staunton Farm Foundation. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. www.yonaharvey.com