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Facilitator:  Kevin Miller

Workshop Syllabus

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, part II of this workshop will help you use this classic storytelling structure to infuse your stories with direction, purpose, and structure.

Week 1Facing Death

On the way to fulfilling his or her destiny, every hero must face death in some form. This week will focus on stages seven and eight of the Hero’s Journey: the Approach to the Inmost Cave and the Ordeal, during which the hero faces his or her ultimate test.

Week 2Smash and Grab

Once death has been overcome, it’s time to get what you came for. But you’ll probably have to fight to keep it. Thus, this week will focus on stages nine and ten of the Hero’s journey: The Reward and The Road Back.

Week 3Final Exam

Eventually, the lesson of the Ordeal must be put to the test. That’s what stage eleven—the Resurrection—is all about.

Week 4Older but Wiser

When the adventure is over, it’s time to go home. This week will wrap things up with the final stage of the hero’s journey: Return with the Elixir.

By the end of the workshop, students will be able to identify the last six stages of the Hero’s Journey in popular fiction and film and learn how to recognize and implement the stages in their own writing.

Writing the Hero's Journey, Part 1

Required Reading:  Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Required Viewing:  

Recommended Reading and Viewing:
The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler,
by Robert McKee
The Matrix
  Raiders of the Lost Ark
  Star Wars

  The Lord of the Rings

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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Workshop Duration: 4 weeks  

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

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Required Text

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.

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