Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Monthly Meeting: Author Varian Johnson on Writing Graphic Novels – ONLINE

Date(s) - 09/12/2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am


Over a relatively short amount of time, the graphic novel has become an established and popular medium in children’s literature. But how do you actually write one? In this presentation, Varian Johnson will discuss how to approach graphic novels as a writer (as opposed to a writer/illustrator), and will include tips on how to format a script.

Varian’s middle grade graphic novel, TWINS, illustrated by Shannon Wright, releases from Scholastic on October 6.

Varian Johnson is the author of nine novels, including The Parker Inheritance, which was named a 2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book among other accolades. His middle grade caper novel, The Great Greene Heist, has been named to over twenty-five state reading and best-of lists. In addition, Varian has written for the Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts middle-grade fantasy series as well as novels and short stories for YA audiences.

Varian was born in Florence, South Carolina, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BS in Civil Engineering. He later received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is honored to now be a member of the faculty. Varian lives outside of Austin, TX with his family.

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Attendee audio and video will be turned off for the duration of the meeting. After the meeting, you may stay and socialize with other attendees.

The monthly meeting will be immediately followed by an Open Critique Group for SCBWI members.

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