Addressing Difficult Topics Through Graphic Memoir with Khale

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Laneway Learning and artist Emilie Walsh have partnered to run Glow Comics Trails: an art trail by Melbourne comics artists featuring glow-in-the-dark easter eggs for you to find!

As part of the event, Laneway Learning is offering the selected artists an opportunity to run a beginner workshop with us! A special opportunity to meet Melbourne comics artists and have them share their creative journey with you! 

Addressing Difficult Topics Through Graphic Memoir

Graphic storytelling is a uniquely accessible tool that can make complex and difficult topics easy for the reader to understand.

Many people find a comic much easier to engage with than an essay or novel. But how do we tackle sensitive issues responsibly? How do we communicate stories about injustice, hardship, loss and trauma without creating psychological damage for the reader?

Can we respectfully share our stories in a way that helps us to connect with others, but does not betray so much vulnerability that we are left exposed?

Your teacher Khale McHurst brings their experience sharing stories about mental illness, religious trauma and gendered violence to this discussion of what it means to be a truth-teller when the truth is ugly.

What will we cover?

This class will cover:

  • How to flesh out memoir scenes
  • How to write about real people in your life
  • How to handle sensitive topics in a way that is ethical and appropriat

While the teacher is very mindful of the impacts of talking about challenging topics, in allowing space for conversation within the class a trigger warning is given that this class may contain topics on mental illness and gendered violence.


  • Wheelchair accessible venue
  • All gender bathrooms
  • Discounted Early Bird Tickets
  • Free Tickets for First Nation Attendees 
  • Auslan Interpreted Upon Request

What should I bring?

Note-taking materials are provided, but if you have a preferred creative journal/art book/note book then please bring it!

Who will be teaching? 

Khale McHurst (they/them) has written graphic memoir about mental illness, queerness, open relationships and gendered violence. Khale is committed to helping people to have conversations about difficult topics by sharing comics that make them more accessible. Khale is self-taught and has been writing memoir for 13 years.

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