Storytelling through Illustration

26th June 2024 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Online

Illustrations have the power to tell a story, whether you are creating a graphic novel or illustrating children's books. 

Join illustrator and graphic novelist Mollie Ray for this online masterclass, where she will share practical advice for illustrators and comic artists, and get you drawing! 

Participants can expect Mollie to talk about her own creative process, across both short-form comics and her silent graphic novel 'giant', and offer top tips and advice on telling a story through images alone. She'll touch on how to find the right stories for your work, whether that's writing your own or illustrating someone else's. Mollie will go through using tone, colour and composition to craft compelling images, and creating character, setting and narrative visually, to help you bring your story to life on the page without the use of words. She will also discuss how and when to bring words into the picture.

Finally, Mollie will share insight into her own journey to publication, and how she's built up her portfolio as an illustrator.

This masterclass will be online via Teams. It will also be recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you'll be able to catch-up and access the recording for up to two weeks after the event has taken place. 

Speaker profiles
Mollie Ray

Mollie Ray is a Lancaster-based comic artist and illustrator. Ray's debut graphic novel 'Giant' will be published in 2024 with Faber and Faber. In 2019, she graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a First-Class Honours degree in Illustration. Her work has been featured by Creative Boom, The AOI and Broken Frontier's 'Six To Watch In 2021'. She has also done work for the BBC in support of David Attenborough's Wild Isles series and self-published multiple short-form comics.

Website: Instagram: @mollierayillustration

Booking & payment

The workshop fee of £30 (incl. VAT) is payable in full online. Please note that payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services. Contact W&A Admin on so that we can find a payment schedule that works for you.

This is a live online event which will be presented using video conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided by the W&A Team a week before the event start-date. Please note, all event timings are in UK time.

To view our event refund and cancellation policy, please click here.

Accessible to All

  • It’s of real importance to Writers & Artists that our events and courses remain accessible to all.

  • Writers & Artists has made one bursary place available for this event as part of our accessibility scheme. Please visit our bursaries page to find out how to apply for bursaries to the course. Please note, this bursary place has now been allocated.
  • Payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services. Contact W&A Admin on so that we can find a payment schedule that works for you.
  • At the speaker's discretion, event materials will be made available to attendees after the masterclass.

  • A link to a recording of the masterclass will be circulated after the event. This will be made available to event attendees only, and for a time-limited period.

  • If you'd like to receive a transcript of the session, please do let us know and we can circulate following the session.

  • This event will include written text and visuals. Please contact us in advance so that we can make arrangements to be sure all documents appear in a format that works for you.

  • If you’d like to attend but have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, then please email

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