LDComics Start Your Graphic Memoir
An Immersive Residential Weekend Workshop
with Dr Nicola Streeten
Friday 28-Sunday 30 July 2023
Have you a story you think will work as a graphic memoir?
Are you unsure where and how to start? Or have you made a false start and now feel stuck?
Have you been distracted by the demands of daily life?
Join award-winning graphic memoirist Dr Nicola Streeten in the peaceful surroundings of The Grange, a former rectory in Norfolk, for this fully structured weekend. You will receive tuition and full accommodation as part of this enjoyable creative time with a small group of like-minded participants.
Nicola will guide you through a series of practical drawing, writing and planning exercises. These will be complemented by presentations and private time for you to reflect and develop your ideas in response to prompts. By the end of the weekend, you will have confidently made a start on your graphic memoir and created a personal timeline for your next steps.
Everyone is welcome to join. No experience is necessary, just bring your ideas! Basic art materials will be provided.
The Grange provides:
- A private room with a desk.
- Wifi in all rooms and throughout the house.
- All linen and towels are provided.
- Toilets, shower, and bath are shared access.
- Use of the communal kitchen, a library with an extensive collection of graphic novels and art books and living room with workstations as well as access to the extensive gardens and grounds.
- Meals: Vegan/vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner. All food allergies and needs will be discussed in advance to ensure options for you.
- Breakfast and lunch will be provided for you to help yourself to.
- Hot drinks available for you to help yourself to throughout your stay.
- The evening meal will be communal, and we ask for all participants to commit to joining.
4pm: Arrival at The Grange to settle in and look around. Enjoy a communal evening meal followed by introductory illustration presentations from everyone in the group.
12-4pm: Lunch and free time to prepare for the afternoon workshop.
7pm: Evening meal followed by presentation and discussion.
10am-12: Workshop and planning next steps.
2pm Departure from The Grange
Cost: £225 to include facilitation, meals, accommodation. Attendance is limited to 6 participants in single occupancy rooms with shared bathroom facilities.
Dr Nicola Streeten is a UK-based multi-award-winning graphic novelist and comics scholar. Her graphic memoir Billy, Me & You (Myriad Editions, 2011) was followed by The Inking Woman (Myriad Editions, 2018) a 250-year illustrated history of British women’s cartoonists. This was complemented by theoretical publication UK Feminist Cartoons and Comics: A Critical Survey (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). She is currently working on ‘Yield’, her second graphic novel.
Nicola is founding director of LDComics – a women-led forum championing graphic novel works, particularly by women. She received a British Council International Collaboration award 2022-23 to deliver REVEAL! Women’s Comics East Africa-UK with a Kenyan partner, storying gender and climate change.
Located in the small rural village Great Cressingham, Norfolk, The Grange was originally built as a rectory in the 1700s. This wonderful Georgian house is set in 10 acres of tranquil gardens and grounds. It is a beautiful and magical place offering simple, comfortable accommodation and peace for everyone to benefit from.
The Grange Projects hosts integrated artistic activity at The Grange in Norfolk. Organised by artist family Dr Nicola Streeten, John Plowman with help and advice from daughter Sally Plowman, The Grange is currently home to Nicola and John.