Summer Workshops


Summer is a great time for cartooning adventures! Brush up on some skills, learn new ones, or discover the world of cartooning for the first time ever. This summer we’re offering an exciting line up, including the annual Create Comics, the return of college level Cartooning Studio,  Graphic Novel Workshop with Paul Karasik, Single Panel Comics with Hilary Price, Memoir Workshop with Melanie Gillman, Young Adult Genre Graphic Novels with Joe Knowles and Tillie Walden, and more!

June 5-8, 2017

Cartoonist Hilary Price, known for her syndicated strip Rhymes with Orange, leads this 4-day intensive workshop which examines the essentials for producing your own single panel comics – characters, environment, plot and the gag.  A combination of lectures and studio time provides an in depth look into the form and an opportunity to leave with completed works. Writing and Drawing Single Panel Comics is for both beginner and advanced adult and college students

June 19-23, 2017
or July 24-28, 2017

This 5-day workshop packs in the essentials for producing your own comics. Through lectures, exercises, and group projects, students learn about story structure, page composition, pacing, materials and techniques, character design, environmental drawing, and production. Students collaborate on a comic anthology that they self-publish during the workshop. Create Comics is for both beginner and advanced students age 16 and over.

This workshop didn’t just teach me how to create comics or how to cartoon, it got me inspired!! I learned tons of valuable information that makes my comics desirable and interesting. AND I made great friends with the students and teachers. Not only is this program stuffed with crucial skills and the key to getting your own cartoons exactly how you want them, its completely fun and never a dull moment!
– Rose, age 16, Montclair, NJ

Best crash course in comics making – bar none!
-Philip, age 46, Montpelier, Vermont

June 26-30, 2017

Cartoonist Alec Longstreth, known for his award-winning Phase 7 comics, leads this 5-day intensive workshop which examines the beginning techniques for cartoonists looking to dip their toes into the waters of animation.  Utilizing flipbooks, time-honored hand drawn animation techniques and Photoshop the class will draw many short animation experiments, create a character walk cycle, and some looping animated GIFs.  The class provides an inspiring yet accessible approach to a medium that will have a direct impact on your cartooning!

June 26-30, 2017

Cartooning Studio is a 5-day cartooning intensive, ideal for adults and college students (with a for-credit option). Through lectures and classroom exercises, CCS faculty will cover the basics of visual storytelling. This is a goal-orientated workshop in which students are given the support necessary to create and self-publish their own independent project.  

An amazing workshop! I feel like I spent a week drinking from a fire hose – I loved it. I started a complete novice, but I am ready to embark on a graphic novel now. The combination of engaging lectures, mini-activities, studio time, and availability of teachers to help along the way made this a phenomenal learning experience. – Riki, age 43, Seattle, WA

You will learn the things you didn’t know you didn’t know!
– Carolyn, age 26, Ann Arbor, MI

A Workshop for Educators
June 30-July 1, 2017

Join cartoonists and educators from CCS and Toon Books for an in-depth look at how comics are shaping literacy and visual literacy in the classroom and beyond.

July 24-July 28, 2017

Josh Kramer and Em DeMarco, co-creators of the CoJo List newsletter and freelance journalists and cartoonists, lead a 5-day workshop for creating nonfiction comics. Cartoonists of all skill levels will collaborate in teams that will report a local story. Each team will learn how to write, draw and publish an online comics journalism piece. Working comics journalists will Skype into class, and Josh and Em will guide the class in a close reading of some of the best work being produced. The class is recommended for students college age and older.

July 31-August 4, 2017
or August 7-11, 2017
Optional Online Extension | August 15 – October 6, 2017

Paul Karasik has a kind of intelligence combined with earnestness that comes from someplace deep not a recipe book. He is very, very, very intelligent.
– Art Spiegelman
Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, “MAUS: A Survivor’s Tale”

Do you have the beginnings of a graphic novel but need some help getting it off the ground? Is your cartooning stuck in a rut, ready to move up to another level?

Put everything else aside and only work on your comics for a week in White River Junction, Vermont. Workshop instructor Paul Karasik is a cartoonist (The New Yorker, City of Glass), a comics scholar (I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets, How To Read Nancy), and a renown teacher (CCS, RISD, SVA) who really knows how to take good cartoonists and make them better.

During the week-long on-campus workshop, students will participate in lectures, collaborative exercises, book discussion sessions, events, and group critiques, with the goal of producing the first draft of a longer comics project.

During the optional 8-week online extension, students will develop and refine their work through online collaboration with faculty and peers, and complete comprehensive final drafts of their projects.

You will leave this class a stronger cartoonist than when you entered.

GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP – The Young Adult Genre with Jo Knowles and Tillie Walden
July 31-August 4, 2017

YALSA award winning author Jo Knowles teams up with Eisner nominated cartoonist Tillie Walden to share their strategies for crafting authentic, relateable teen characters and narratives. This five-day workshop utilizes lectures and exercises to successfully examine the idiosyncrasies of the young adult genre.

August 7-11, 2017

Need that kicker to get started on telling your personal story through comics?  Eisner and Ignatz award-nominated graphic novelist Melanie Gillman will walk you through the basics of writing and drawing your graphic memoir — from brainstorming, to scripting, to drawing, to publishing.  Topics to be covered include narrative building, developing a unique personal voice and visual style, and effective pitching and publishing practices for graphic memoirs.


Cartooning Studio and the Graphic Novel Workshops can be taken for 2 undergraduate credits. The optional online extension of the Graphic Novel Workshop can be taken for 1 undergraduate credit. Please check with the Program Chair or Registrar at your college or university before registering to see if the credits will be accepted. To enroll for-credit, students must have an official transcript sent to:

Summer Workshops
The Center for Cartoon Studies
PO Box 125
White River Junction, VT 05001

Refund policy

Tuition is refundable up until 3 weeks prior to the first day of the workshop, minus a $50 fee and any fees assessed by Eventbrite. Tuition is non-refundable after that date.

(802) 295-3319


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Included with Tuition:

Tuition for Create Comics workshops include the 5-day workshop, in-class supplies, morning and afternoon snacks, and evening student activities.

Participants in Cartooning Studio and the Graphic Novel Workshop will have 24-hour access to studio space and the CCS Production Lab, black & white and color copying and printing, availability of laptops and equipment for check out, and Schulz Library borrowing privileges.

For-Credit Option:

Cartooning Studio and the Graphic Novel Workshop can be taken for 2 undergraduate credits. The optional online extension of the Graphic Novel Workshop can be taken for 1 undergraduate credit. Please check with the Program Chair or Registrar at your college or university before registering to see if the credits will be accepted. To enroll for-credit, students must have an official transcript sent to CCS Summer Workshops, PO BOX 125, White River Junction, Vermont 05001.


CCS partners with local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations to provide full and partial summer workshop scholarships for students who could not otherwise attend.

Past CCS scholarship partners have included:
Comic Book Project (CBP): New York City
Town of Hartford Department of Parks & Recreation
The Junction: Listen’s Teen Center
Hartford High School
New Urban Arts: Providence, Rhode Island
Vermont Department of Libraries

Need Based Scholarship

Additional partial scholarships are available through CCS based on financial need for individuals or families making less than $50,000/year, on a first-come first-serve basis. To be considered for a scholarship, please submit a copy of your 2014 federal income tax return to or via fax, 802-295-3399.

You will be notified of your award, if any, within 3 days of receipt, and provided with a code to deduct the amount of the award from your online registration. You must register for the workshop within 7 days of notice of the scholarship.

Student Accommodations

Student housing is available in the hostel section at the nearby Hotel Coolidge. The hotel is located in the historic village of White River Junction at 39 South Main Street, a few steps from CCS and the Amtrak station.

Special rates are:
$40/night for a single hostel room or shared hotel guest room
$69/night for a single hotel guest room ($10 for each additional person in a room)

Staying 10 or more nights? Receive a discount of $5/night off the single hostel room rates or $20/night off the single hotel guestroom rate.

To make a reservation, or explore other accommodations discounts contact the Hotel Coolidge directly at (802) 295-3118. Please let them know you plan on attending a summer workshop at The Center for Cartoon Studies. Book now, space is limited. Special rates are all subject to 9% VT tax and availability.


The Center for Cartoon Studies
46 South Main Street
White River Junction, Vermont

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Daily Schedule

Class time runs from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm daily. Breaks will be offered throughout the day, including a one-hour lunch break. There will be optional student activities planned each evening. A detailed class agenda will be provided at the start of the workshop.

The Schulz Library

The Schulz Library will be open for reading room access to students enrolled in the summer workshop. Lending privileges are provided to participants in Children’s Books, Cartooning Studio, Extended Studio Option and the Graphic Novel Workshop.


Bring a sketchbook and your favorite pens and pencils. We’ll supply paper and basic tools.


Morning and afternoon snacks are provided for all workshop attendees. During Create Comics (July 8-12) lunch will be provided daily. Several restaurants, cafes, and stores will be offering discounts to workshop attendees, and are located within walking distance from CCS and the Hotel Coolidge.

Student Activities

Special access to The Schulz Library, attend CCS Film Club, and more!

Vacation in Vermont

White River Junction has a vibrant arts community and a variety of exciting and entertaining places to visit: Main Street Museum, Northern Stage Theater, Tip Top Media Arts building

Other nearby attractions include the Lebanon Opera House, Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts and the Hood Museum, VINS Nature Center, St. Gaudens Museum and Park, Quechee Gorge, the historic covered bridges and picturesque village of Woodstock, Dartmouth College and the shops, restaurants and more in the town of Hanover, NH.

The Upper Valley Aquatic Center (UVAC) offers day passes for $15. The UVAC is located about 1.5 miles from CCS and includes a several pools, a splash park and 110-foot water slide, and a complete fitness center.

Things To Do Within A One Hour Drive

Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour– Tour the headquarters of the most famous name in the frozen food aisle! Located in Waterbury, VT, the Ben & Jerry’s Factory offers a fun and educational experience for all ages (not to mention the free samples.)

Cabot Creamery– Visitor’s Center offers guided tours, agriculture and history information and gift shop. Visit the Cabot website for cheesemaking schedule.

Upper Valley Land Trust Hikes and Trails- See the beauty of central Vermont on foot. Downloadable maps and guides to woodland areas and mountains are available at the Land Trust website.

Visit the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce for more information on local attractions and events.

Area Accommodations

Hotel Coolidge
39 South Main Street
White River Junction, Vermont
Phone: (802) 295-3118
CCS discount: $10 off per night
See above for special rates for workshop attendees.

The following hotels are approximately 1.5 miles
from CCS campus:

Fairfield Inn & Suites
102 Ballardvale Dr.
White River Junction, Vermont
Special CCS rate: $92/night
Phone: (802) 291-9911

Hampton Inn
104 Ballardvale Drive
White River Junction, Vermont
Special CCS rate: $92/night
Phone: (802) 296-2800

Comfort Inn
56 Ralph Lehman Dr.
White River Junction, VT
CCS discount: 15% off per night
Phone: (802) 295-3051

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
121 Ballardvale Dr.
White River Junction, Vermont
CCS discount: $10 off per night
Phone: (802) 299-2700

Residence Inn Marriott
32 Centerra Parkway
Lebanon, New Hampshire
CCS rate: $139/night for a studio or one-bedroom suite
Phone: (603) 643-4511


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