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.

I will be teaching a variety of online and IRL workshops in 2022 and 2023:

House of Illustration
Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration

Graphic Novel Your Life workshop
19 November
1-5 pm

Use your personal experiences or family history to start developing your ideas for a comic/ graphic novel at this online masterclass.
I will take you through the essential components of a successful graphic novel  from character design to a satisfying plot structure. By the end of the workshop you will have created a ‘key moment’ drawing for a scene and a plan to help you move forward with your graphic novel.

All levels
£40 concession

Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration

Graphic Novel Your Life
10 week evening course
10 January - 14 March, 2023
All levels
 Full price £395.00,
Concessions £320.00

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.

Design a Children’s Picture Book
The Art Academy
In real life 
11 sessions
6.30-9.00 pm
12 Jan-30 March, 2023
All Levels

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, made a finished page or pages of artwork and designed and developed a first draft storyboard.

The City Lit
Writing Comics and Graphic Novels
13 Feb-27 March
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.


SMAC free art workshops

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My next SMAC workshop will be on 26 November
I haven’t decided what we will be doing yet. But it will be fun!
10am to 11am
Join me!
Bring a note pad and pencil :)

Contact me if you have any queries about any of the courses at:

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