"Kevin was very helpful and
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"The material was great and Kevin was upbeat and fun to work with."
"He is very knowledgeable about the
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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, part II of this workshop will help you use this classic storytelling structure to infuse your stories with direction, purpose, and structure.
Week 1: Facing 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 2: Smash 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 3: Final Exam
Eventually, the lesson of the Ordeal must be put to the test. That’s what stage eleven—the Resurrection—is all about.
Week 4: Older 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.
Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Recommended Reading and
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.