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Andrew Holyfield

Hi everyone! My name is Andrew. I graduated Summa Cum Laude at UC Riverside in 2016, with a B.A. in Creative Writing. While there, I completed the Honors Program, published a thesis, was an editor for both the campus Research Journal and Honors Program literary journal, joined the Writing Program as a Teaching Assistant, and completed three MFA courses, all with a 4.0 GPA.

Tutoring started for me in the campus Writing Program, in which I tutored eighteen students per week. Around that same time, my younger brother, diagnosed with Aspergers,  started college. I tutored him during his four-year journey to receive his Paraprofessional Certificate.

Nerdy as it sounds, I love Grammar and read often (in-between Netflix binges). Until my time at UC Riverside, I abhorred reading and preferred the trusty summaries from Spark Notes. I know English and writing can be both challenging and boring, but perhaps all a struggling student needs a little help and positive reinforcement. If that sounds like you or your kid, I'd love to help.

I’m a published songwriter with 20+ years experience in the music industry.

Comic Book Creations!

Homework:  Yes!   Writers need to write to become better writers!

Requirements:  Students must be willing to participate in both collaborative work and in sharing their own creative writing!

Let’s dive deep in the epic world of comics & graphic novels. Melding story-telling & art, students will get to create their own comic books! The next big super hero, the villain arc, a black-&-white detective noir solving a big case, a supernatural tale of ghosts, or even a family grieving through a loss—The possibilities are endless. 


Class Expectations 

Together, we’ll review a few different styles of comics & graphic novels from existing published works, reviewing style, theme, artwork, dialogue, & narrative. Each comic will start as an outline, a developed list of characters & drawing references, and then eventually a hand-created comic. Students can choose to work on one longer comic for the full trimester, or a series of shorter pieces. Images can be hand-drawn or a collage from printed images or magazines (brought by the student).

Materials will be provided in class for comic book creation, but if there are special images students want they can bring those into the class.


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