Talks and workshops - Jessica Abel
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Talks and workshops

I’m available for workshops, teaching, and speaking engagements.

My passion is helping creative people carve out time and build focus to finish their ambitious creative projects and launch them into the world. I have several keynotes and workshops that can motivate and get participants on track to take the next step.

My talks are exciting and fun, and they’re even more effective when combined with workshops that give participants hands-on experience of the power of these ideas.

My style is compelling and interactive; I leave audiences charged up and inspired. My talks are fully illustrated with dynamic and engaging art.

Below are a few of the workshops and talks I’ve done previously; I’d love to walk through what you need for your event with you. Let’s be in touch.


Speaking engagements

University of Bordeaux (March 2015)
Farleigh Dickenson University (March 2014)
Colomiers Public Library (France) (March 2014)
Tri-College Creative Residency, Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges (April 2013)
Michigan State University (February 2012)
International Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain (November 2011)
Comics, Creativity, and Culture conference, the University of Iowa, (October 2011)
The Writers Forum at SUNY Brockport (February 2011)
Marshall University Visiting Writer Series (February 2010)
Turnhout Festival, Turnhout, Belgium (December 2009)
Kalamazoo Public Library (November 2009)
Books for the Beast (Baltimore Library Association, October 2009)
Penn State (October 2009)
Brooklyn Book Festival (September 2009)
Buffalo and Erie Library (April 2009)
Fordham University (March 2009)
Michigan Library Association Spring Institute (April 2009)
Philadelphia Free Library (November 2008)
Alternative Press Expo (November 2008)
Miami Book Fair (November 2008)
SUNY New Paltz (Oct 2008)
Housing Works (NYC, October 2008)
Long Island University (April 2008)
West Hollywood Book Fair (September 2007)
Grace Reading Series (New York, May 2006)
This is Not a Reading Series (Toronto, April 2006)
Wordstock (Portland, April 2006)
Live Wire! (Portland, April 2006)
Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, April 2006)
MIT (April 2006),
DePaul University (April 2006)
826NYC (October 2005)
Hudson Valley Writers’ Center (Sleepy Hollow NY, June 2005)
Parsons School of Design (Fall 2003, Spring 2004, 2005, 2006)
Comica: Misfit Lit, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (October, 2005)

Courses and workshops


Tri-College Creative Residency, Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges
Series of three workshops for visual art and writing students, and a keynote lecture, April 2013.
The Rubin Museum
Teen workshop co-taught with Matt Madden, three sessions, spring 2012.
The Brooklyn Public Library
Led a four-session book club on graphic novels, Fall 2011.
Split Rock Artists Program
One-week intensive course for college credit at the University of Minnesota. July 2011
The Miami Wolfsonian Museum
Two-week comics workshop for teens in the Wolfsonian’s brand-new media lab. June 2010.
Walter Gropius Master Artist Series
Three-day workshop and had a solo show at the Huntington Museum of Art. February 2010.
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Three-day workshop on creating comics. June 2008.
Centro Fumetto Andrea Pazienza, Cremona, Italy
Workshop, May 14, 2004
Syracuse University
Visiting artist, workshop, February 21, 2004
Writers Project at Adirondack Community College
Reading, workshop, November 6, 2003


California College of Arts
Mentored Studio
MFA in Comics program.
January 2014 – present.

École européenne supérieure de l’image
Researched non-fiction comics
Masters-level course on researching, writing and executing non-fiction comics.
Fall/Winter 2012-2013

The School of Visual Arts
Storytelling: Foundations of Comics Narrative
A required course for cartooning majors. The course is a year-long exploration of basic sequential art concepts: page design, information flow, and other formal aspects of the medium; three-act structure, character development, and character design.
September 2001 – 2012

Cartooning Hothouse
Mixed-level intensive cartooning studio.
Summer course, 2004 – 2012

Pictorial Problems
Required junior-level cartooning seminar for cartooing majors.
Full-year course. 2005 – 2012.

Principles of Cartooning
Sophomore-level required course for cartooning majors.
2003 – 2004

Pre-college Cartooning
Fall 2002

Ox-Bow Summer School of Art
(a program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago). Two-week intensive college-level course in comics. June 2005, June 2006.

CSU Summer Arts at Fresno
College-level one-week course in comics at California State University’s intensive summer arts program. July 2005.

The New School University
Making Comics
Summer continuing education course, 2003.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Comics and Graphic Narrative
Course covered theory and mechanics of sequential art, history of the medium, self-publishing, as well as materials and techniques. Students produced final works of four to eight pages in length and self-published an anthology of these pieces, which they then submitted for review to several leading critical sequential art magazines. January 1998.

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to uncover the real reasons why you’re not able
to take control of your creative work.

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