"Kevin was very helpful and
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WRITING THE HERO’S JOURNEY PART
Facilitator: Kevin Miller
Ever wonder what all good stories—from The Lord of the Rings to The Cider House Rules—have in common? It’s the shape of the Hero’s Journey, taking him or her from the ordinary world, to the special world, to the inmost cave, and back again. Drawing from Joseph Campbell’s studies into the foundations of myth, this workshop will help you use this classic storytelling structure to infuse your stories with direction, purpose, and structure.
Week 1: Discovering the Hero’s Journey
This week will introduce students to the origin of the Hero’s Journey, explain why this structure (and structure in general) is vital for all storytellers to understand, and briefly describe each stage.
Week 2: The Call
Every journey has to begin somewhere. During this week, we will study the first two stages of the Hero’s Journey: The Ordinary World and the Call to Adventure.
Week 3: Second Thoughts
Not every hero wants to go on a journey. This week will focus on the second two stages of the Hero’s Journey: The Refusal of the Call and the Meeting with the Mentor.
Week 4: Crossing Over
Eventually, the hero has no choice but to leave. We will end this section of the course by examining the next two stages of the Hero’s Journey: Crossing the First Threshold and Tests, Allies, and Enemies.
About the Facilitator: Kevin Miller is a freelance author, editor, and educator from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has written, co-written, and contributed to over two dozen books, both fiction and non-fiction. Recent titles include the novel Condor: First Flight, Kiddictionary, All About Time, and Soul Retreats for Students. Kevin’s most recent project is a screenplay called After…, which he is co-writing with David L. Cunningham, director of To End All Wars, Beyond Paradise, and the upcoming Little House on the Prairie mini-series for Disney/ABC. Kevin has also written dozens of articles and reviews for magazines, newspapers, and web sites. In addition to his writing work, Kevin has worked as a product developer for Lightwave Publishing and as an editor and mentor to dozens of writers.
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Scheduled Sessions for 2007:
January Session beginning January 2nd
February Session beginning February 5th
March Session beginning March 12th
April Session beginning April 16th
May Session beginning May 21st
August Session beginning August 6th
September Session beginning September 10th
October Session beginning October 15th
Nov/Dec Session beginning November 19th
Books in this section are required reading for participation in the course.
The following books are not required purchases for this course, but are highly recommended by the facilitator.