Comics and Animation Legend J. M. DeMatteis To Host Writing Workshops This Spring

Aspiring comics writers may be interested to know that J.M. DeMatteis, longtime Justice League and [...]

Aspiring comics writers may be interested to know that J.M. DeMatteis, longtime Justice League and Spider-Man scribe, is launching a series of "Imagination workshops," geared at teaching people how to write for comics and animation this spring. Following the success of his first such weekend class in Kingston, New York, last year, DeMatteis says that he will host at least three of these three-day workshops in the first half of 2012. While the second and third are still in negotiations, the first will take place April 13-15 at Modern Myths, a comic book store in Northampton, Massachusetts. The weekend workshop costs $415 and has limited capacity, so the veteran writer is encouraging those interested to sign up early and to contact him directly with any questions. What's the workshop all about? In his own words:

Join master storyteller J.M. DeMatteis for a weekend exploring the realms of imagination, from the metaphysical to the practical.  We'll ponder the big questions...  ~ Where do ideas come from? ~ What part does will play in the creative process?  ~ Is the best writing actually an act of channeling?~ Do we create the story or does the story create us?...and tackle the day-to-day realities of a career writing superhero sagas, fantasy epics and animation:~ What's the difference between "Marvel style" and "full script"? ~ What's the value of editors? ~ Are agents necessary? ~ How do you handle rejection without jumping out the nearest window?Come prepared to listen—as JMD shares stories and insights gleaned from more than thirty years writing comics, television, film and novels—but be prepared to work:  you'll pitch ideas, dialogue artwork and help create a story from the ground up.Bring all your questions, too:  this won't be a brief, two hour seminar.  You'll have an entire weekend, in an intimate setting, to explore your own creativity with J.M. DeMatteis as your guide.