Article by Eric Lee
DC have partnered with creative writing organization WriteGirl to host a writing workshop for young females.
On August 2nd, the creative writing workshop taught girls the basics in graphic storytelling and narrative. The event was held at DC’s Burbank offices and brought 40 teens to a series of workshop sessions taught by DC’s editorial team, writers and artists.
Mariko Tamaki (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass), Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux (Shadow of the Batgirl), Amy Wolfram and Monica Kubina (DC Super Hero Girls), and Cat Staggs (Adventures of Supergirl) were among the creative professionals who mentored the young writers.
The professionals gave lessons on everything from how to write captivating pitches to writing comic scripts.
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DC’s Books for Young Readers vice president and executive editor Michele Wells had this to say about the event.
DC is a big fan of WriteGirl and the work they do in the community, and we are honored to have partnered with them for this event. Beyond the technical skills taught in the workshop, we also wanted to show the girls there’s a place for them in this industry, whether that be as a writer, illustrator, colorist, or editor. We hope the girls hone their newfound skill sets and feel empowered to one day continue DC’s rich storytelling legacy and tell the next great Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman story…or maybe create a brand-new character all their own!
We’re excited to give our girls the opportunity to delve into graphic storytelling. Giving them a chance to work with some of the best writers and artists in the industry doesn’t just build skills for them, but also provides an empowering experience for them to see such stellar women creators in this genre. Many of our girls face tremendous challenges in their lives and for them to be able to spend the day writing about women with superpowers really gives them a chance to dream outside of their world.