Contact me if you have any queries about any of the below courses-

This is one of the best short courses I’ve ever done!’ 

I put a lot of care and attention into preparing a course that is fun, stimulating, fascinating, challenging and emotionally supportive.
Each course is specially shaped to nurture and develop your ideas,  visual narratives and stories until they gleam. By the end of each course I am fully confident you will move forward with brilliant preparation to allow you to make the best graphic novel/comic/ script or picture book imaginable.


New Course with LDComics:

Fall back in love with creating your graphic novel

24th - 28th July
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This week is for people who are fed up with making slow or no progress on their graphic novels, but know they would make huge leaps forward over one dedicated week with the right support.  
We'll meet online, so you can take part from the comfort of your own home or anywhere exotic you fancy. The week will be structured to give you plenty of time to create your graphic novel outdoors, enjoy the sun and meet back at regular intervals for mentoring, discussions and workshops.
If you have started or want to start a new graphic novel BUT are getting stuck for one or more of the following reasons this week is for you:

Your life has got too cluttered with work and responsibilities and you can’t find the time.
You’re getting stuck in knots, perhaps about the storyline and are lost in a creative swamp.
Or your inspiration has dried up and you aren’t sure how to channel it into practical action.

Take some radical action and join me and like-minded creatives this summer. I will do everything necessary to help you fall back in love with your graphic novel.


The week will be structured to give you plenty of time to create your graphic novel outdoors, enjoy the sun and meet back at regular intervals for mentoring, discussions and workshops AM and PM.
At the start of the week, each artist makes a short presentation and introduces their GN to the group.
This will be followed by a group discussion.


MON AM Presentations and Discussions

MON EVE Bono’s Hats- Lateral think your story

TUES AM Character therapy session

TUES PM Find the Gold in your Story.    

WED AM Stunning Layout

WED PM Discussion       PUB CHAT
THURS AM   Transformative colour

THURS PM    Visual Character workout.      

FRI AM  Impactful Book Cover Design

FRI PM. Show and tell, Discussion and Action plan


Design a Children’s Picture Book
One week Summer school
Art Academy

By the end of this fun and inspirational course, you will have written a compelling story; created fabulous characters; experimented with different styles and media, and a page of artwork and made a rough draft first storyboard.

31st July- 4 August


Young Artists Comic Zines
Age: 14-17
Monday - Friday, 21st - 25th August 2023

Comic Zines are handmade comics or magazines. Zines allow you to create personal stories and have lots of fun! On this one-week course you will experiment with different ways of imagining and creating stories, exploring a variety of genres. You will learn to draw and develop appealing characters and experiment with comic formats like composition, layouts and text, whilst using different materials. By the end of the week you will have developed a range of skills which will set you up on your career as a comic zine artist! And one with a range of your own unique comic zines!


Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration

Graphic Novel Your Life

10 week evening course

All levels

Learn how to create a page-turning graphic novel based on your life experiences whilst being mentored in a fun and stimulating environment.
At the end of this structured and inspiring week, you will have created story and character brainstorms, key characters, a scripted scene, a compelling plot, a well-composed storyboard, experiments, a synopsis, a finished page of artwork and have gained invaluable professional advice.
This course is for all levels, from beginners to professionals.


The City Lit
Writing Comics and Graphic Novels

19 June-24 July
7-9 pm

A 6 week online evening course
Learn how to plan, script and (storyboard a part script), a story for comics and graphic novels.


Some people come with work in progress, others with a clean sheet of paper. Everyone leaves with a clear sense of direction, a sound knowledge of the vocabulary of visual narratives; a deeper passion and connection with their work and a stronger sense of confidence. I’m always impressed with what a high standard of work people produce and what a great sense of camaraderie is generated from working with like-minded people.

I have taught workshops in writing and illustrating visual narratives, be that graphic novels, comics or picture books for 6 years at the House of Illustration, at The Arvon online (with Karrie Fransman and guest cartoonist Woodrow Phoenix), Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge University, The Art Academy, the Cartoon Museum, UCL aswell as workshops at LDC Residencies.
I taught art in secondary schools for 16 years. These experiences combined with over 30 years experience as an established and acclaimed cartoonist puts me in a unique position to be able to get the best out of my students.



I found Rachael quite special and incredibly generous with her knowledge which we all benefitted from.’

‘Rachael is an amazing teacher and so helpful when giving feedback and advice. The booklets given out were a great learning aid also!’

‘I wish my university course had been this informative!’

‘It was everything listed and more! I was hoping to gain a little push with my work; to broaden my understanding of graphic novels and to gain specific feedback. It was better than expected!’

‘Thank you so much for this wonderful course. I've enjoyed every moment. The sessions have inspired me to get something to publishers by the end of the year.’


March 21, 2021
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0882681281
ISBN-13: 978-0882681283
Madness thundery gist of dream and dross
Ring where the cave of future rings
Cherry between me and the boogeyman Nothingness
My wind-tossed head a flurry of feathers
Shoots sparks as hammers strike anvil