Non-Degree / Dates: 12-16 July 2020

We invite you to discover Tallinn and form your impressions into storytelling, comics and illustrations. During the week you will receive a quick introduction about basic rules and practice of storytelling, comics, illustration. The course will employ hands-on learning and each participant will create their own story with comics or illustration.

Why this course?

  • This course develops your self-expression, creativity and innovative storytelling skills.


Veiko Vaatmann, MA Film, Scriptwriting

Joonas Sildre, BA Graphic Design, MA Student of Digital Learning Games



Sunday, 12:00-16:15

Introducing the goal. Scenario planning and forms. Comic script and layout creation software.

Narrative and Dramaturgy: What are the compelling stories (well-told good stories)? Character, event, time-space. Brief introduction and comparison of long and short creative structures.

Pitching ideas and feedback. Assigning a homework assignment (writing a script or a section of a script).

Monday, 10:00-14:15

Homework Review / Feedback.

Long structure. Creating empathy for the character, main conflict, character development, catharsis, and creating a message.

Short structure: fatal mistake, anagnorisis, dramatic irony, situation irony.

Assigning homework (finishing the scenario and creating a layout based on it).

Tuesday, 10:00-14:15

First half of the day: Homework Review / Feedback.

Humor. Writing and finishing a dialogue. Metaphor (creation of metaphor scene).

Comics and Illustration

Character design. Drawing without drawing.

Second half of the day: Character design. Practical theory of composition. The task is to develop your story as a visual design.

Wednesday, 10:00-14:15

Creating the environment. Color teaching. Visual narration. Create storytelling in a comic strip. Storyboard theory. Review your homework. Finishing and forming your story.

Thursday, 10:00-14:15

An overview of digital drawing techniques. Practical tips for the future. Weekly review, general and personal feedback.

Important: No preliminary drawing skills needed!


The course is open to all people with an interest in the ways of different creative expressions and how to create and illustrate a story. No previous experience is required.

Credit points


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