Transform Your Writing: The Hero’s Journey
“The journey of the hero is about the courage to seek the depths; the image
of creative rebirth; the eternal cycle of change within us; the uncanny discovery
that the seeker is the mystery which the seeker seeks to know.”
—Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey
Whether we are writing screenplays, novels, memoirs, or essays, the stories that engage the reader the most and hook into our ancient and mythical storytelling DNA are those that take us on a journey through the hero’s external and internal transformation.
In this course, we explore the work of Joseph Campbell, along with that of Christopher Vogler (The Writer’s Journey), Maureen Murdock (The Heroine’s Journey) and Blake Snyder (Save the Cat) and analyze classic myths, fairy tales, and movies that showcase this ingrained structure. We brainstorm the most effective story beats that work within a typical three-act structure:
Act 1: The hero’s ordinary life is disrupted by a call for adventure.
Act 2: The hero struggles to overcome the ordeal and defeat the enemy.
Act 3: The hero returns home transformed by this ordeal.
Then we determine the most emotionally satisfying story arcs for our heroes, crafting a concrete plot that aids our character’s deeper development and emotional transformation.
You enter this class with a premise or concept and finish with your hero’s entire inner and outer journey mapped out—setting you on a course to write your first draft or revise your work with confidence.
“The Screen Academy is a real community that I love. It is an extremely supportive atmosphere and Lizzie Finn is very knowledgeable. I know that I am in good hands.”
Meet Your Instructor: Lizzie Finn
“Our goal is always about helping our writers get across the finish line with their scripts. However, it’s just as important writers learn to recognize which of their ideas ‘have legs’ and which are ‘half-baked.’ Before we put words on the page or focus on craft, we examine the ideas from every angle and make sure the writer is clear about their vision.”
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