« Previous issue April 11, 2017 issue       Back to archive Next issue »

Using Visual Aids

It sometimes seems sad to me how eagerly artists put themselves in boxes with regard to their chosen medium. "I'm a painter," one will say, and laugh if you try to talk to them about sculpture; "I'm a writer," say the writers, and they won't entertain the possibility of adding a drawing or two. Maybe it's because we're so nervous about doing a good job that we are afraid to branch out into more unfamiliar territory. But the fact remains that visual aids can work tremendously in some modern fiction, particularly as graphic novels and comics become more mainstream and more literary. Artist/writers like Art Speigelman should remind us that excellent writing can be greatly enhanced and can challenged when mixed with striking, moving images. (Read more »)

Emerging Writers Institute by Education Unlimited

Emerging Writers Institute offers challenging workshops in fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry for both new and accomplished high school writers. Enjoy an immersive writing experience at Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, Georgetown and Brown through intensive MFA-style workshops and fun literary outings. Our unique program lets young writers from around the world make literary friendships that can last a lifetime. Save $250 when you use code 17TEENINK250 and pay in full upon registration.

This Week's Most Popular Articles

Free Verse

A Tribute to a Cardinal Love


Little Red Riding Hood: The True Story


Shoe Paradise


Family Time

This Week's Most Popular Computer Graphics

Drifting in thought
It's showtime!

View more
images »

Submit my
own work »

Browse the Teen Ink Website Written by teens




Hot Topics





Book Reviews

Art / Photos

College Reviews

Summer Programs

Launch Teen Ink Chat
Site Feedback